Talking Points: Chelsea v United
Manchester United secured a spot in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, thanks to a 2-1 victory over Chelsea.
RASHFORD HOLDS HIS NERVE
A lot has been written and said about our penalty record this season, but despite being faced with a less-than-friendly atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, Marcus showed his mettle. The Reds' no.10 sent Chelsea keeper - and serial penalty saver - Willy Caballero the wrong way in the first half and banished some of his own personal demons from Sunday’s spot-kick miss against Norwich City.
After demonstrating his accuracy from 12 yards, Marcus managed to do it again from much further out in the second period. His free-kick from all of 35 yards in the 73rd minute really was a thing of beauty and, without doubt, an early contender for Goal of the Season. It was a strike worthy of winning any football match and the perfect answer to his critics.
Frank Lampard was the manager who eliminated us from the Carabao Cup last season, when in charge of Derby County. But, this time around, the Reds managed to exact revenge on the former midfielder and dump him and Chelsea out of the competition. It also means Ole maintains his unbeaten run as United boss against the Blues, after winning three of his four encounters - 2-0 away in the Emirates FA Cup last season, 4-0 in the Premier League this season and tonight's 2-1 triumph - and drawing the other, 1-1 in the league at Old Trafford in April.
While it was an incredibly positive night for the Reds, the one downside was a handful of injury concerns. Victor Lindelof was replaced in the second half by Anthony Martial, with the Swede appearing to have a few moments of discomfort earlier in the match. His fellow defender Harry Maguire was struggling late on with what looked like a dead leg, but he managed to finish the game. Rashford was the third United player who may have picked up a knock - he seemed to be limping slightly when he was taken off in the 80th minute.
United are in the last eight of the League Cup for the first time since 2016/17 - when we went on to pick up the trophy - and we’ve been joined in Thursday’s draw by a number of our old foes. Current holders Manchester City are in the hat, alongside Liverpool, after they eliminated Arsenal 5-4 on penalties following an incredible 5-5 draw at Anfield. Leicester City also qualified for the next round, after beating Burton Albion 3-1, while Everton and Aston Villa - the club we beat in the 2010 final - are the other Premier League sides safely through. The final representatives are League One outfit Oxford United and League Two’s Colchester United. The draw will take place at at 08:45 GMT on Thursday, live on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2.
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