Manchester United ended their six-year waiting for silverware when they defeated Newcastle United 2-0 to win the Carabao Cup at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
United had their last significant trophy during the 2017. Europa League campaign, but appeared at ease in their performance against Eddie Howe’s team as Casemiro’s goal and the Marcus Rashford goal gave Newcastle the edge for their debut League Cup final appearance since the year 1976.
“It was an incredible period, and the very first prize of the campaign but we’re looking for morebut it’s not enough for the club we need more, and more, because our standards require more,” Bruno Fernandes said.
“For me, it was about winning awards and then we achieved it. I’m happy, but I’d like to see more. I’d like more.”
There were not a lot in the way clear opportunities in the frantic start however United scored after 33 minutes, scoring one of the two fast-paced goals from Casemiro, a stalwart midfielder who made the entire pitch of Wembley into a riot. Luke Shaw delivered a stooping ball from a free kick that was wide as the Brazil international expertly whipped his header into the top corner. The ball was found to have been played slightly offside after a VAR examination.
With momentum swinging to their side, United doubled their lead within six minutes as Newcastle defense Botman helped Rashford’s shot to an own goal. Wout Weghorst broke forward and dragged Rashford behind. The 25-year-old’s shot at an angle of just a few inches was diverted upwards and over the stretched Loris Karius to the right by Botman while United secured their hold at the trophy.
This goal had initially been considered as an accident on Botman however later that day, it was awarded to Rashford which marked it as England national’s goal for the first time in a Final for his seventh appearance in a final.
Weghorst attempted to make a comeback in the first half of stoppage time by striking a good attempt from a away but Karius (who had his first appearance since the beginning of February 2021 was able to match it.
Newcastle returned in the second period with an improved but uninteresting performance and Joelinton being close but his shot blocked by Lisandro Martinez. United easily snatched the win.
“No complaints about how we performed, but obviously the scoreline does not say that, and this is where football is cruel,” Newcastle manager Howe stated. “I’m sorry that we didn’t do enough for our supporters today.”
Newcastle’s fans, who created an ocean of white and black plastic flags that were given away at the west end of the stadium in the final minutes of the game, dispersed prior to the presentation of the trophy. Newcastle has lost every one of their last nine games at Wembley which started in 1974’s FA Cup final.
The Man United supporters were singing in full force during the moment that Bruno Fernandes raised the trophy and they are hoping it is the first trophy of many to be awarded under Erik 10 Hag.
United have had a better season during their first year as the previous Ajax manager. They are third in the Premier League table and still in the Europa League draw. Ten Hag was the first director to manage at Old Trafford to win silverware since Jose Mourinho.