With a 2-0 victory against Newcastle United in the 2023 Carabao Cup final, Manchester United ended their title drought that had lasted six years. At Wembley Stadium, Casemiro gave Erik ten Hag’s side an early 1-0 lead, and just before halftime, an own goal by Sven Botman gave them a commanding 2-0 advantage ahead in the cup finals.
Manchester United still has a outside chance to win the FA Cup, Europa League, and Premier League, therefore this might be the club’s first ever prize. Yet, United may be bringing home its first trophy ever if they win. Their most recent triumph came in 2017 when Jose Mourinho led them to the Europa League title.
After their FA Cup victory in 1955, Newcastle has yet to win another major domestic prize. The club supported by Saudi Arabia tried to come back in the second half, but they were unable to score.
Match Highlights : As it happened
Casemiro opened the scoring with a superb header midway through the first half, and later, Marcus Rashford’s shot deflected off of the Newcastle defender Sven Botman for what was ruled an own goal.
Newcastle put pressure on David De Gea in the second half, but the Reds held on to come out on top in London. If not for Loris Karius’s great play, United would have added to their lead. Erik ten Hag has now won his first trophy as the manager of Manchester United. He came to the team from Ajax and has been in charge for one season.
Both teams started by trying to catch the other team off guard with quick counterattacks. United’s first chance came when Wout Weghorst sent a great pass to Marcus Rashford. Rashford turned and tried to pass to Bruno Fernandes, but the Newcastle defence got in the way and cleared the ball. Allan Saint-deft Maximin was running down the left wing, and Fred had to make a spectacular tackle to stop him.
United’s finest attempt came early on, in the first 12 minutes when the action was end to end. Fred carried the crucifix that Diogo Dalot had thrown behind him to Weghorst. Dutch striker Fabien Schar and Sean Longstaff before firing straight at Loris Karius. For the Magpies, Kieran Trippier made a daring dribble down the right wing.
The England international saw midfielder Sean Longstaff running, and the Newcastle native sent a dangerous low cross across goal. After the raid on Newcastle was unsuccessful, Rashford issued a second ultimatum. The England striker received a ball from replacement Marcel Sabitzer, took aim, and was denied by a superb stop by the German goalkeeper Loris Karius.
Late in the game, Joe Willock sliced a long-range effort far wide of the goal, while Joelinton forced a stop off by David De Gea. However it was Fernandes who was clean on goal but was thwarted by Karius’ superb save. That didn’t matter at the end of 90 minutes since the Reds were able to celebrate a victory over Newcastle at London’s Wembley Stadium.
What Erik ten Hag say after winning his first trophy for United’s side?
Manchester United’s leader, Erik ten Hag at the post-match conference with Sky Sports said, “Yet again the right spirit, we have a very good spirit to fight and give everything. It was not always the best football but it was effective.”
“First you have to win the first one and that is what we did today. You can get inspiration from this and more confidence that we can do it.” “We are still at the start of restoring Manchester United to where they belong and that is to be winning trophies.” This is the first one.
He further added ,“I just want to win. We invest from the start with the staff. They did an incredible good job with the players. The staff and players are together. There was a hunger and desire for trophies because Manchester United stands for trophies.”
“Raphael Varane, Casemiro and David de Gea know how to win trophies and you need such lads on the pitch to point the team. They have the winning attitude they have to bring it in the dressing room, in difficult situations and that is what they have done.”
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