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Report: A Ronaldo special by Rashford wins it for United

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A Ronald style free-kick from Marcus Rashford meant Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revival at Manchester United continued.

Manchester United fans were the last to leave Stamford Bridge on a cold night in London.

But the Mancunians didn’t care as they belted out Ole’s at the wheel until they were escorted off the premises.

United have seen somewhat of a revival in their performances and subsequent results.

They say what a difference a day makes, but in football what a difference a good result can make.

Since the win away in Belgrade, a draw against runaway league leaders Liverpool, another win away to Norwich, the RedDevils are on the march.

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea has been in fine form of late, winning their last seven games in all competitions on the bounce.

Solskjaer’s men, on the other hand, have struggled up until recently, to say the least.

So in the round of 16 Carabao Cup tie at Stamford Bridge the Blues were the prematch favorites.

Much to form, Lampard’s men dominated possession according to the BBC as much as 66%, but Solskjaer’s red and white army appeared happy for them to do so.

United played some wonderful counter-attacking football, forcing the Chelsea error and breaking away at lightning speed.

It was a Dan James quick breakaway in the 25th minute that brought the first goal.

As the Welshman entered the box, and a clumsy challenge from Marcos Alonso got United a penalty.

Unlike at the weekend, Marcus Rashford made no mistake, 0-1 United.

The first half continued much the same way.

Chelsea’s possession and high-speed transitions from United were the order of the day. But there were no further goals before the break.

The second half saw Solskjaer try and get his team to sit back and invite Chelsea a little more, as they tried to hold on to what they had.

This was undoubtedly a mistake. Lampard’s men grew in confidence and began to create a wave of chances.

In the 61st minute, Michy Batshuayi scored a well-driven powerful shot past Sergio Romero to even things up.

There was half an hour still to play, and both managers rang the changes in an attempt to get the win inside of the 90 minutes.

United brought on Martial and Pereria, while Chelsea introduced Mount, Pedro, and Abraham.

It was, however, Marcus Rashford again who broke the deadlock.

In the 71st minute, he scored a Cristiano Ronaldo like free-kick to send the visiting fans into a state of delirium and the Chelsea fans home to cry into their beer.

The goal seemed to deflate Lampard’s young side, and United ran out the clock to make it into tomorrow morning’s draw.

 

 

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