Marcus Rashford

Rashford named Man of the Match

Double goalscorer Marcus Rashford was named Man of the Match after Manchester United’s 2-1 win at Chelsea in the Carabao Cup.

Our no.10 took home a whopping 74 per cent of the fans' votes on our Official App thanks to his match-winning double.

The opener, a nervelessly-converted first-half penalty, showed Rashford’s composure in front of goal, although Michy Batshuayi cancelled it out with a solo effort on the hour mark.

Undaunted, the Academy graduate dusted himself down and struck a sensational free-kick from 35 yards out into the top left-hand corner of Willy Caballero’s goal, in front of the jubilant travelling support.

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“Yeah, Marcus has that strike in him. I’ve seen him in training so many times and he’s got to be hitting the target soon, you think,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

“In my first game when I came back, against Cardiff, he hit the ball from 30 yards as well and scored after three minutes so he’s encouraged to try more of them.”

Daniel James, who was brought down by Alonso for the spot-kick, said he wasn’t surprised at the effort, given Rashford’s single-mindedness in training.

“He practises every day,” James revealed to MUTV. “Some of them haven’t gone his way this season but it shows the hard work behind the scenes.”

“As you’ve seen with his penalty today, he’s come off last week where’s he missed a pen but he’s shown great courage to step up and take it again.”

Marcus Rashford and Daniel James
Rashford practises free-kicks every day, says Daniel James.

Scott McTominay came second in the poll, with 18 per cent of the votes. The midfielder made a valuable contribution to Rashford’s first goal, winning the ball high up the pitch and playing in James in the build-up to the penalty award.

Brandon Williams was also nominated by MUTV pundits Danny Simpson and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, and picked up the remaining eight per cent of the votes, after another solid performance at left wing-back.

The 19-year-old won six of his eight duels and made two interceptions, one a particularly vital stop to prevent Callum Hudson-Odoi from running clear on goal.

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