Manchester United 3-0 Colchester: Three Key Talking Points

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring their third goal with Anthony Martial.

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Manchester United made Old Trafford happy in a brief period of time yet again as they secured a 3-0 win over Colchester United in the semi finals of the EFL Cup.

The Red Devils netted 3 goals in 10 minutes with Marcus Rashford opening the scoring which was followed by a Ryan Jackson own-goal. Anthony Martial nearly wrapped things up with a goal of his own in the 61st minute.

1. Recurring Problem

Even though the Red Devils had a comfortable scoreline at the end of the ninety minutes, it did not reflect the raw reality of the game.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side yet again struggled to break through a low-block defense. This has been a recurring problem all season and has cost them a lot of points.

The fact that Rashford’s opener came from a brilliant spell of counter attack is testament to the same and Solskjaer must alter his tactics to deal with teams that lineup this way.


2. Marcus Rashford Involved In Two Goals

Marcus Rashford made the headlines yet again for his prolific display. In addition to the opener, the academy graduate also deftly assisted Martial’s winner.

Further still, it was his run and positioning that ensured that Ryan Jackson’s own-goal went in.

Rashford has been having his finest season yet and games like these show that he is not going to stop any time soon.


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3. Solskjaer is Hungry

It is obvious that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eyeing the full title run. The way in which he lined up his men on the night, choosing not to deploy several academy graduates as well as the tactics used is indicative of a team that is eager for the win.

This season’s struggles will mean that token silverware is crucial for the Norwegian gaffer and the EFL Cup is arguably the easiest one to attain.

In that regard, the semi-final tie against Man City is certainly a worthwhile challenge for the title.