Manchester United ended their six-year trophy drought by beating Newcastle United 2-0 in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday (February 26). Casemiro’s header and Sven Botman’s own goal sealed the Red Devils’ victory.
Newcastle fans swamped London on the day, with the hopes of winning their first major trophy since 1955. However, Erik ten Hag’s side continued their remarkable season under his watch and were ruthless in attack.
Their opener came in the 33rd minute after they sustained early pressure from the Magpies. Luke Shaw whipped in a dangerous free-kick and it was met by Casemiro.
Manchester United’s second arrived in the 39th minute. Marcus Rashford smashed the ball towards Newcastle goalkeeper Loris Karius’ goal. The Dutch defender slid in and the ball deflected over his shot-stopper and into the back of the net.
The Red Devils were reserved in the second half, holding on to their 2-0 lead and keeping Eddie Howe’s men at bay. United goalkeeper David de Gea was called into action in the 72nd minute and reacted superbly to deny Callum Wilson a tap-in. Joelinton also went close in the 92nd minute but De Gea pushed his shot away.
Fernandes had an opportunity in the same minute at the other end. He got himself into a good one-on-one position with Karius. However, he ignored Casemiro’s run and shot right at the German.
It didn’t matter as Manchester United won the Carabao Cup with a defiant victory over Newcastle. Ten Hag is overseeing a season to remember for his side.
One fan reckons the Red Devils could be on course to win a further three trophies:
Meanwhile, another is in love with Ten Hag:
“WE WON A TROPHY IM CRYING ACTUAL TEARS ERIK TEN HAG YOU HAVE ROCKED MY WORLD.”
Here’s how Twitter reacted to a Ten Hag masterclass at Wembley as the Red Devils finally got their hands on a trophy again:
Casemiro’s promise before arriving at Manchester United comes true
Manchester United were in a dark place before Casemiro arrived from Real Madrid last summer. They suffered two defeats in their opening games of the season.
The Brazilian hadn’t even touched down in Manchester when he enthused fans about the prospect of having one of the best midfielders join the club. He reportedly texted a representative after watching the Red Devils’ struggles:
“Tell them I’ll fix this.”
Since then, Ten Hag’s side has been in remarkable form, winning 27 matches. This is the most of any club across Europe. They haven’t just won the Carabao Cup. The Red Devils are still alive in three other competitions. The Brazilian has been instrumental, making 34 appearances across competitions, scoring three goals, and providing four assists.