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Rashford double sparks United to away win at Chelsea

2019-10-31 08:00
Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford celebrates goal against Chelsea (PA Images)

Cape Town - Marcus Rashford scored either side of Michy Batshuayi's equaliser as Manchester United clinched a 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the League Cup fourth round on Wednesday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team have now won three matches in a row in all competitions since drawing 1-1 with Liverpool earlier this month.

United, who made four changes to the team that won 3-1 against struggling Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday, started the fourth-round tie at Stamford Bridge well and Scott McTominay swept an early shot into the side-netting.

The visitors deservedly took the lead in the 25th minute thanks to Rashford's spot-kick after Daniel James had gone down under Marcos Alonso's challenge, and United remained 1-0 ahead at the break.

Christian Pulisic, who scored a hat-trick in Chelsea's excellent 4-2 win at Burnley on Saturday, dragged a shot wide for Frank Lampard's team, who equalised soon after the hour mark when Michy Batshuayi latched on to a long goal-kick and crashed a 20-yard shot home.

However, United restored their lead in the 73rd minute and once again it was Rashford who scored, this time with a stupendous a 30-yard free-kick.

Kurt Zouma flicked a late header wide for the home team, but Chelsea could not force a second equaliser.

United will be involved in the quarter-final draw on Thursday morning alongside Liverpool, Leicester City, Colchester, Everton, Aston Villa, Oxford and Manchester City.

- TeamTalk Media

 

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