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Manchester United triumphs Newcastle to lift a trophy after 6 years

2023 Carabao Cup final: Manchester United 2-0 Newcastle United

Manchester United defeated Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley to win their first trophy since 2017. After two goals in the first half, Man United put on a strong hold on the EFL Cup title.

Thus, putting Red Devils on their path to their first title victory under manager Erik ten Hag, Meanwhile, Newcastle’s own trophy drought, which dates back to 1969, continues.

The Magpies made an effort to fight back in the second half, but Eddie Howe’s team’s scoring has dried up at the worst time. In the 33rd minute of play, Casemiro headed a free kick from Luke Shaw into the goal to to break the deadlock.

The goal stood despite a long VAR review for potential offside, giving the 20-time English champions an early lead. In the 38th minute, Almiron lifted a shot over the crossbar as the visitors attempted to retaliate. However, less than a minute later, Man United added a second goal to rub salt wounds of Newcastle.

Marcus Rashford was doubtful to start in the cup final but to everyone’s surprise he was declared fit to start. The forward then assisted the Red Devils in taking a 2-0 lead beating Karius with a deflection from Botman.  

The Magpies had a chance to halve the lead in the 43rd minute when Dan Burn headed an Almiron cross towards goal, but his effort just missed the post. Later in the first quarter, Karius did well to stop a strong Weghorst shot.

Rashford’s cross from Fred just outside the Newcastle area presented Man United with a chance to add a third goal early in the second half, but the Brazilian missed the target. Later, Karius saved an Antony shot.

Dalot was replaced by Aaron Wan-Bissaka at halftime because the latter had received a yellow card, and the Englishman made some crucial interceptions as Newcastle applied pressure.

As it happened – Manchester United 2-0 Newcastle United

Bruno Fernandes’ long-range attempt was deflected high of the crossbar, and Weghorst was denied by Karius from the next corner as Man United searched for a third goal that would have undoubtedly put an end to the game.

Newcastle was applying pressure at the end, but Howe’s team was finding it difficult to create clean chances because Man United was playing excellent penalty box defence.

Saint-Maximin posed a persistent danger, but Wan-Bissaka was up to the task, and the right-back displayed outstanding pace adjustment after coming on at halftime.

As the Red Devils continued to sputter, Lisandro Martinez blocked a thunderous drive from Joelinton, forcing two replacements.

In the 72nd minute, De Gea did well to make touch with a risky Trippier cross. After Casemiro cleared the ball within a crowded box but the offside flag was raised, Karius denied Rashford at the opposite end.

Wan-Bissaka had an opportunity to make it 3-0 with four minutes remaining, but Karius stopped his low effort. Despite the pressure from the Magpies, which was to be expected, Man United held firm. De Gea performed admirably under duress.

Man United, who had a great opportunity to score a third goal late on through Fernandes, have won the EFL Cup for the sixth time in their history. Ten Hag may have a very successful first season in charge of the team given they are still competing in the FA Cup and Europa League.

With the potential to add more trophies this season, United’s resurgence under Ten Hag has already yielded a visible reward in the form of a trophy.

On Wednesday, the Red Devils will play at home against West Ham United in the FA Cup’s fifth round, while Newcastle will play the Premier League champions, Manchester City, on the road the following weekend.

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