Solskjaer compares Rashford to Cristiano Ronaldo after Chelsea win

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that Marcus Rashford’s 30-yard free-kick winner against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup reminded him of Cristiano Ronaldo .

With the scores level at 1-1, Rashford stepped up to produce a sensational strike in the 73rd minute to hand United their third straight away win in a row.

Speaking to MUTV , Solskjaer said he felt it was a similar goal to those scored on a regular basis by former United hero Ronaldo.

“It’s very Cristiano-like, isn’t it?” Solskjaer said. “The boy has got nerves of steel, takes a penalty no problem, steps up like he does and wins us the game.

“I think he works too much on it (his free-kick technique). I’ve always tried to get Marcus scoring simple tap-ins inside the box but he always scores great goals. He practises and today he got his reward.”

Solskjaer also praised his player for having the courage to step up and score the penalty which gave United the lead, with Rashford having already missed two spot-kicks this season, the most recent coming on Sunday against Norwich.

“He has great character, a great mentality,” Solskjaer added. “I told him this morning ‘if we get a penalty, you take it’, just decide where you’re going to put it and hit it sweet as you like.”

Rashford’s teammate Victor Lindelof also commented on the similarities with Ronaldo on social media after the game.

He posted a blurred out picture of Ronaldo striking a free-kick during his time at United, followed by a picture of somebody cleaning their glasses, and finally a picture of Rashford hitting his free-kick.

Lindelof also accompanied the tweet with the caption: “Sure I’ve seen that somewhere before…” along with an emoji of a rocket.

Rashford will hoping to continue his impressive recent scoring form when United take on Bournemouth on Saturday.

(Mirror UK)

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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