Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United: Four Things We Learned

Manchester United just keep on winning these days and not at Old Trafford! One of the things that was often a negative point against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now is a nice feat – Man United have won their third consecutive match away from home and in the third different competition.

After Partizan have fallen in Belgrade and Norwich were beaten at Carrow Road, it is Stamford Bridge this time that has witnessed the Manchester United victory, as Marcus Rashford scores twice, before and after Michy Batshuayi’s strike to help Red Devils get to the League Cup quarter final.

Rashford Shows The Range Of His Potential

This was truly Marcus Rashford’s night! The England international played up front paired with Daniel James once again and he showed his potential throughout the match, almost telling people that they should not be writing him off. The player that at one point had scored just one goal from open play in six months is now doing some wonderful things.

His brace was not just there to improve the numbers, but also to showcase his different qualities. Most importantly, that came with the second goal and his incredible free-kick Cristiano Ronaldo style (from his best days) that went straight to the top corner.

At 21, people just keep forgetting that Rashford is still developing and that he has often played in a dysfunctional team. Hopefully all of that changes for the better.

McTominay Proves Consistency Is Crucial

Scott McTominay was once again really good in Man United’s team. His recent performances have been even somewhat overlooked, due to the goals he was scoring, but he has now shown just how important he is becoming for Man United.

The main reason for that is that he has been Man United’s most consistent performer since the start of the season and all of that in the absence of Paul Pogba. That is how leaders can develop (which is not to say he is already there).

Batshuayi Makes The Most From His Start

When Tammy Abraham is playing the way he is and when he already has eight Premier League goals this early into the season, it is not easy to get a chance in the starting lineup in his position. Tonight Michy Batshuayi got his chance to start in the League Cup and he definitely took it. His brilliant equalizer showcased how much he could contribute to a young Chelsea team and maybe Lampard starts utilizing him more when Abraham’s freshness is to be preserved.

Man United Settle With Three At The Back

It looks like Manchester United are slowly setting in with this three-at-the-back idea. It is an interesting tweak from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the time when the Devils have many players unavailable and he has to handpick the best team out of the remaining choices.

Marcos Rojo was not ideal at left centre-back, but he showed he can do a job here and there, Brandon Williams keeps getting opportunities at left wingback and it is good to see Aaron Wan-Bissaka play at right wingback, which could help him develop the attacking part of his game.

This was a really good night at Stamford Bridge.

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