Manchester United kept their bid for EFL Cup glory alive as Marcus Rashford’s late double helped them see off Charlton Athletic.
Marcus Rashford maintained his record of scoring in every game since the World Cup with a late double as Manchester United beat Charlton Athletic 3-0 to reach the EFL Cup semi-finals.
Substitute Rashford produced two fine finishes to seal victory for United after Antony’s stunning strike broke Charlton’s first-half resistance at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Charlton – the only non-Premier League team in the last eight – put in a dogged performance to stay in the competition until the closing stages, but lacked the quality to trouble their famous opponents.
Erik ten Hag’s men are now potentially three games away from ending their six-year trophy drought after reaching their third EFL Cup semi-final in four seasons.
Alejandro Garnacho was heavily involved as a much-changed United side got off to a good start when he teed up Diogo Dalot for a wild left-foot strike before going close from long range.
It was Antony who opened the scoring in the 21st minute when he curled a wonderful left footed strike past the diving Ashley Maynard-Brewer and into the top left corner.
Fred almost doubled United’s lead in spectacular fashion when his 25-yard free-kick rattled the inside of the post to ensure Charlton were just a goal down at the break.
Anthony Elanga was denied by an offside flag when he converted from close range after the restart, before Maynard-Brewer kept Charlton in the game with a fine stop to Garnach’s bent-foot effort.
United finally secured victory as the game went into stoppage time, an in-form Rashford beating Maynard-Brewer with a chipped finish after taking Facundo Pellistri’s pass in his stride.
There was still time for the England striker to find the back of the net again, rounding the keeper before finishing high with his left foot into the net.