Marcus Rashford shows shades of Cristiano Ronaldo with wonder-strike for Manchester United

England striker compared to former Old Trafford favourite after stunning 30-yard free-kick helps side defeat Chelsea in League Cup

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Marcus Rashford has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo after his wonder-strike against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup.

The England striker scored with a breathtaking 30-yard free-kick to fire Manchester United into the quarter-finals of the competition.

The technique bore some similarity to the former United frontman Ronaldo as the ball looped over the Chelsea wall and dipped under Willy Caballero's crossbar.

Team-mate Victor Lindelof tweeted that he was "sure I've seen that somewhere before" while manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted: "It was a Cristiano-like goal."

Rashford had earlier given United the lead from the penalty spot, before Chelsea equalised through Michy Batshuayi.

"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," Solskjaer said.

"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. Finally it goes in.

"We've travelled a lot in the last week. We've got a good team spirit and camaraderie. It shows the character of the team.

"We get the games where we want them. We've been leading 1-0 in many games and not kicked on. Today we were excellent, with fast flowing football. That's Manchester United. We're trying to get back to that.

"We know we're not the finished product, we're a work in progress and keep trying to improve."

A 2-1 defeat brought an end to Chelsea's seven-match winning streak, but even manager  Frank Lampard had to admire Rashford's winner.

"It's great technique," said Lampard. "It was a stunning strike from him, at a time when I felt we were really in the ascendancy.

"We've had seven wins on the trot, with some taxing games in the Champions League. Our form in the league has been really good, and it's clear they are our priorities.

"I saw a lot of positive things. I hate losing but it's clear there is a bigger picture."

Defeat meant Chelsea failed to get a measure of revenge on United for their 4-0 defeat on the opening day of the season.

The teams have gone in opposite directions since then, with United struggling for form while Chelsea are fourth in the Premier League and joint top of their Champions League group.

However, United took a 25th-minute lead after Daniel James won the spot-kick, the winger getting across Marcos Alonso in the area before tumbling to the deck.

Rashford may have missed a penalty against Norwich at the weekend, but he showed no sign of nerves as he calmly sent Willy Caballero the wrong way.

They got their equaliser on the hour mark, Batshuayi nodding on Caballero's clearance before turning away from Harry Maguire.

The Belgian frontman outstripped Maguire and Victor Lindelof before firing past Rojo and into the corner of Sergio Romero's net.

But Rashford settled the match in the 73rd minute in spectacular fashion, lifting his shot over the wall and underneath Caballero's crossbar before sliding on his knees in celebration in front of a delirious away end.

In Wednesday's other League Cup clash, goals from Anwar El Ghazi and Ahmed Elmohamady saw Aston Villa edge past Wolves.

El Ghazi's close-range shot crept past Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy to put the hosts ahead at Villa Park before Patrick Cutrone tapped in a Taylor Perry's pass to level the scores. But Elmohamady's flick from a Henri Lansbury free-kick gave Villa victory.