Manchester United succeeded in defeating Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup.
The win means that United finally have an edge over their London neighbors with regard to total head-to-head wins, building up on the momentum from the 4-0 jubilee from the opening week of the Premier League.
Player-turned gaffers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard have heaps of expectations on their shoulders. Although Lampard has steadily been building the trust of the club, Solskjaer may have only now begun the redemption process.
On Wednesday, that came through a Marcus Rashford brace with the opener arriving via a penalty. However, the talk of the town was his winner- a spectacular free-kick that left fans absolutely dazzled.
Solskjaer had nothing but praise for the attempt, even comparing to to Cristiano Ronaldo’s free kicks, an assessment that several fans agreed to as well.
He went on to state that it wasn’t a lucky free kick but a well-practiced one (via Sky Sports): “Marcus [Rashford] has that strike in him. I’ve seen him in training so many times.”
This performance from the youngster also validated the trust that the Norwegian placed in him, despite his recent poor form and the penalty maid against Norwich City.
Likewise, Frank Lampard was the picture of absolute class and appreciated the winner for what it was, commenting (via Rich Fay): “Second goal isn’t even in the equation. It is just special. No team can stop that. Great technique, a stunning strike from him.”
Valid praise from two Premier League legends.
Needless to say, this goal will be a hot topic for a while now and fans will be eagerly waiting every time Rashford steps up to take a free kick hereon. Is this the start of a goal-fest from the Englishman or is his clinical ability still lacking?