“Emery was managing a club who have been more patient with managers than Abramovich. The board will be concerned at the poor performances of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.
“Lampard has tried to manage expectations in recent weeks, insisting this is a young team in transition who are not yet ready to challenge for the title.
“While Chelsea are not the most experienced side in the Premier League, the average age of their starting XI is 26 years and 122 days — older than United’s. He has also got his own way in the transfer market, winning the battle to bring in Édouard Mendy to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal.
“He needs results — and quickly. Chelsea’s next three games are all at home, in the FA Cup against Luton Town and league matches against Wolves and Burnley, who are in patchy form. Lampard cannot afford to slip up in any of these games.”