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What term do you want to search? Search with google "If I didn't have a transfer ban and came to this club and had opportunities to bring players in during the summer, I still would have trusted the young boys and would have made decisions around that. "For me to have thrown that away after one game at Manchester United and a few opinions, that would have made me a bit of a flip-flopper." Solskjaer has backed Fred and Andreas Pereira to ensure Pogba's absence is not felt. "I think his [Pogba's] energy and drive - the two Brazilians to be fair, Fred and Andreas - they are going to be important for us," he said. "Fred will probably take Paul's position for a while now and that's been brilliant for us.
But Andreas has grown in the last few games. His energy and running, chasing, he is a different sort of 10. "There is no use talking about who is not going to be here for a long, long time... Paul's been brilliant and he is a creative midfielder that we need, but then it is up to the others to step up." Roberto di Matteo and Sir Alex Ferguson were in the dugout the last time Chelsea and Manchester United met in the League Cup The standout tie of the Carabao Cup fourth round is Chelsea against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, seven years after their last encounter in the competition. Roberto di Matteo's Chelsea edged a 5-4 thriller after extra time on that occasion, in the season Swansea City went on to beat Bradford City 5-0 in the final.
It certainly felt like a performance of consequence for Rashford. Chelsea vs Manchester United player ratings - Carabao Cup Show all 23 left Created with Sketch. right Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. And yet, for all it defied form, it didn't completely defy expectations.
The game immediately started as it would finish and many anticipated, as Chelsea played the majority of the football, and United spent the majority of time waiting for opportunities to break. There was a telling moment early on when Solskjaer's side were presented with one of those opportunities, with James ready to pelt on, only for Rashford to self-indulgently try and beat his man. That is actually exactly what he has been asking United players not to do, as he has been demanding a "devastating directness", and the type of speed that makes it impossible for opposition sides to deal with. Appropriately enough, it didn't take too long for that message to sink in. On 24 minutes, James perfectly displayed this directness, and essentially invited a clumsy lunge from Marcos Alonso. There was some doubt about whether it was actually a foul, but no doubt that this was a proper pressure moment for Rashford. That wasn't do with the fixture, but so many recent fixtures, given the impact of what would have been his personal third miss of the season and United's fifth. Rashford held his nerve, and sent Willy Caballero the wrong way. The game only looked like it was going one way at that point, as it had completely settled into a predictable rhythm: a more lightweight Chelsea looking nice but largely ineffective, a stronger United looking to counter-attack. Lampard surprisingly didn't change anything at half-time, but something did change about Chelsea. There was more impetus to their play, more impact. It wasn't long until an increasingly dangerous-looking Batshuayi was bursting through the defence and slamming the ball past Sergio Romero for the equaliser. One of the more influential players in that was young Billy Gilmour, who again offered hugely exciting touches and play. He gave Fred the run-around in the first half, and helped Chelsea greatly increase their pace in the second. Somewhat inevitably for an 18-year-old, he himself wasn't going to be able to maintain the intensity in a game of this level, and was hauled off for Mason Mount. United, however, maintained the same game plan. Given Rashford has a far worse relative record with free-kicks than he does with penalties, few would thought his step-up on 73 minutes was a chance at all. It was instead the most glorious of goals, as Rashford powered a dipping strike into the top corner of the net. United – and Rashford – have added that bit more confidence. As with Lingard's early run, the Chelsea defence found themselves again struggling with United's attacking pace as James latched onto McTominay's aerial interception in midfield.James had the freedom to burst into the area, but before he could take it on further he was sent to the floor by a clumsy Marcos Alonso challenge – leaving referee Paul Tierney in no doubts about pointing to the spot.Rashford immediately took the responsibility of taking the penalty and with a cool head, he put to bed any demons that may have been lingering from his missed spot-kick in Sunday's victory over Norwich. His low shot nestled into the bottom left corner after he sent Caballero the wrong way.Looking for a leveller heading into the break, Chelsea found no success in the wide areas as 20-year-old Reece James's cross, directed towards Christian Pulisic, was met with a strong Wan-Bissaka clearance.Pulisic, who appeared to be the Blues' focal point in the first half, seemed to be through on goal after being played in five minutes before half-time, but he was rightly pulled back by the referee.