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The Reactions From Manchester Utd Players When Marcus Rashford Scored That Free-Kick

The Reactions From Manchester Utd Players When Marcus Rashford Scored That Free-Kick

It will go down as one of the best goals in Carabao Cup history. Stepping up from around 35 yards out, with the game tied at 1-1, a confident Marcus Rashford unleashed a dipping, swerving drive towards Willy Cabellero's goal.

Let me just add that you had every right to be sceptical when the 22-year-old composed himself from distance, considering his previous record on set pieces.

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But this time the net bulged. It was a "where were you when..." moment at Stamford Bridge.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Rashford scampered towards the home support before knee sliding his way to the corner flag, but some players were way behind the celebrations.

That's because they couldn't quite believe what was happening before their very eyes.

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Manchester United striker Anthony Martial looked around in utter disbelief, like we all did watching at home.

Daniel James stood beside the Frenchman, putting his hands to his mouth before wandering over to the England international, who has now scored five goals in 10 games against Chelsea.

Young full-back Brandon Williams, who enjoyed another solid game alongside the likes of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, put his hands to his head just seconds after Rashford's eventual winner.

It was all too much for the United players. Even the Chelsea players looked around as if to say "did that just actually happen?"


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer compared Rashford's free-kick to the one Cristiano Ronaldo scored against Portsmouth all those years ago.

"It's very Cristiano-like, isn't it?" Solskjaer told MUTV after the game.

"The boy has got nerves of steel, takes a penalty, no problem. Steps up and hits the ball like he does and wins us the game, fantastic.

"I think he works too much on [free-kicks]. I've always tried to get Marcus scoring the simple tap-ins and be inside the box, he always scores great goals Marcus, he practises and today he got his reward.

"Marcus has that strike in him. I've seen him in training so many times and it's got to be hitting the target soon, you think, because he's had a few efforts and finally it goes in."

Is that one of the best free-kicks you've ever seen?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Daniel James, Football News, Carabao Cup, Anthony Martial, Chelsea, Free kick, Football, Marcus Rashford, reactions

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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