Carabao Cup: Chelsea v Man Utd – Man of the Match

Frank Lampard was the manager who eliminated us from the Carabao Cup last season. A year later Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may not have beaten a full-strength Chelsea team, but his smile showed that even he might be starting to enjoy the ride again. Solskjaer has hopefully now shown he has the ability to do something Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal had been unable to do in their darkest days: arrest the slide.

Following this away win at Stamford Bridge, United now have three away wins on the bounce following the morale-boosting home draw with Liverpool. Manchester United found a way to win despite claiming just 34 per cent of the possession. However, the victory was delivered by players who’ve come through the system at Old Trafford, and know what’s expected and hold dear United’s values that Solskjaer prizes so highly.

Man of the Match must go to Marcus Rashford. Apart from his Ronaldo–like free-kick from all of 35 yards in the 73rd minute, an early contender for Goal of the Season,  his calm in taking the earlier penalty is also noteworthy following the debacle of the previous game. On this occasion, despite being faced with a less-than-friendly atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, Marcus showed his mettle and helped banish some of his own personal demons from Sunday’s spot-kick miss against Norwich City.

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Both Rashford and Maguire picked up knocks at Stamford Bridge and we all hope they will be fit for our new league match against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Anyway, it is Colchester next in the Carabao Cup. United play at Home but worth remembering that Colchester have already dumped Crystal Palace and Tottenham out of the competition this year and will be looking to make it a Premier League hat-trick.

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