Marcus Rashford was the name on most tongues as Manchester United won 2-1 against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. The sheer brilliance of his brace cannot be stated more and the fact that it arrived at Stamford Bridge further adds to the glory.
His opener came through a penalty, one he netted perfectly unlike the controversial saved one at Carrow Road on the weekend.
However, the talk of the town was the winner, which was an absolutely beautiful free-kick that found the top left-hand corner of the goal.
Multiple kinds of reactions graced the scintillating goal, including comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo and hyperboles of varying degrees.
In fact, the joy of scoring and securing the victory may have affected the youngster a tad bit too much.
Speaking after the game, Rashford appeared to have forgotten what competition his club had just attained a win in.
Marcus Rashford during his post-match interview after Manchester United beat Chelsea in the Carabao Cup…
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Responding to a query about whether the goal and the win was the best way to celebrate his 22nd birthday on the next day, Rashford replied: “Erm, yeah, getting the three points is the way you want to start a day like tomorrow.”
A stock response that would have worked great for 38 interviews in a season but alas this one happened to be a Cup competition and that meant that United merely progressed to the next round.
In many ways, that reply did more to illustrate his actual youth than the birthday.
However, he wasn’t forgetful on the pitch, with that picturesque freekick taking multiple matchday attempts and relentless practice on the training ground to perfect.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will now be earnestly hoping that Rashford’s form will continue in this manner. Anthony Martial’s return will provide much-needed goal-scoring respite but United will require all their forwards to score regularly in order to redeem this season.