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Marcus Rashford double sends Manchester United into the next round



Manchester United defeat Chelsea in a 2-1 win, thanks to a brace from Marcus Rashford, to advance into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

The Blues were the bookies’ favourites ahead of the tie, with their odds of a win set at 5/4, but a penalty and a free-kick from the England international was enough for the Red Devils.

A Michy Batshuayi solo goal was not enough for Frank Lampard’s men as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now 2-0 against the Chelsea legend following United’s 4-0 win in the first game of the Premier League season.

The game started with United dominating the play and it was the Red Devils had the first big chance. Scott McTominay, who has been a scoring run of late, swept a shot into the side-netting from the edge of the area.

United then opened the scoring midway through the first half. Daniel James charged into the box and Marcos Alonso comes in from the wrong side sending the Welshman onto the floor. A clear penalty, which Marcus Rashford, who missed his last penalty, dispatched comfortably.

The Blues had a decent chance 10 minutes later through Callum Hudson-Odoi. The tricky winger floats in a beautiful cross but no Chelsea player was unable to connect as the ball squirmed past the post.

That was all the action that happened at Stamford Bridge in the first half as Frank Lampard’s men were unable to create much of note.

As the second half resumed, that changed. Billy Gilmour was fuming after his shot looked to have hit a United player’s hand in the box but the referee did not give a penalty.

Summer signing Christian Pulisic then dragged a shot wide as Chelsea grew closer to equalising.

Just before the hour mark, Hudson-Odoi hits a cracking effort just over from the edge of the area as the Blues continued to dominate proceedings.

A few minutes later, Chelsea’s pressure told as Michy Batshuayi scored a brilliant equaliser. The Belgian ran on to a long goal kick downfield and he takes aim while sprinting at full pace and cracks it into the corner from 20 yards.

However, the Blues were only level for 12 minutes as the Red Devils took the lead again thanks to another goal from Rashford. This goal was an even better strike as the young striker scored a superb 30-yard free-kick – something he has been trying for a long time.

The ball sailed into the top left corner with some movement in the air to beat former Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

United sat back to protect their lead and Chelsea pushed their men forward in a desperate attempt to find an equaliser.

Kurt Zouma flicked a header wide with just 10 minutes to go as the Blues continued to dominate the ball possession figures.

The French defender also skied a shot from very far out and his French national teammate Anthony Martial had a chance to seal the win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

However, the forward put it wide as the away supporters watched on in agony.

The Red Devils saw the game out in the end, to give Solskjaer a much-needed win as they look to continue a streak of wins to get over their poor start to the season.

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