WEMBLEY STADIUM LONDON –Manchester United ended a wait of five years and 278 calendar days. Precisely, for an award when they beat Newcastle United 2-0 in the Carabao Cup final, i.e. Man United vs Newcastle
A game lacking in quality, but full of enthusiasm was witnessed by players. That is, from the Red Devils emerge victorious thanks to the goals of the first half by Casemiro. As well as, Sven Botman in his own net.
It’s the first silverware Man United have won since they won both the Carabao Cup and Europa League. That is, during Jose Mourinho’s debut season in charge in the 2016/17 season.
For Newcastle to wait more than 68 years to win a significant trophy. Obviously, is not over but their success in this tournament — as well as throughout the season. Definitely, will give the enthusiastic Magpies supporters at Wembley an assurance. Its an assurance that better times are ahead under the guidance of Eddie Howe.
MANCHESTER UNITED HAD THREE DAYS OF PREPARATION:
Man United had just three days to prepare for the match. Thus, following their amazing Europa League victory over Barcelona. It was with a bit of satisfaction to Red Devils fans that Marcus Rashford was included. Hence, as a starter despite suffering an injury sustained in the fixture played at Manchester Old Trafford. The home of Manchester United team.
It was a penalty on Rashford which led to the goal that Casemiro scored. Someone who was back from a suspension for domestic use just in time for the game. Luke Shaw’s cross from a free-kick was just too tempting to miss Casemiro’s shot. A shot was far too precise for the stand-in Newcastle goalkeeper Loris Karius. The goal-keeper who made his debut appearance in senior football for more than two years.
Rashford’s performance from the time of 2022’s World Cup has been simply amazing. Furthermore, even in the game where the player wasn’t performing at his best. It was likely that he would make an impact. After joining forces with Wout Weghorst Rashford was able to get his hands on Sven Botman. Furthermore, drilled a low shot that bounced off Botman’s left foot and then slid across the helpless Karius.
A GOAL THAT LED TO LIVERPOOL’S DEFEAT:
It was a terrible goal to concede to the man who’s mistakes led to Liverpool defeat in this year’s Champions League final. Also, it was a sign of suffocating confidence of Newcastle players and supporters alike.
Howe Introduced Alexander Isak for the second period, but it was an issue that Manchester United allowing the Magpies to play with the ball to look for the way to get through. In the end they didn’t succeed.
Karius definitely made amends for his mistake by keeping the score at 2-0, thanks to a stop at Rashford and a superb goalkeeper to keep out Bruno Fernandes, but ultimately the Red Devils simply ate up their time during the second half. The scenes during full-time in the supporters were definitely ones to be savoured.
Man United vs Newcastle analysis:
Man United’s new manager following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was deliberated for months. As Ralf Rangnick’s uninspiring interim stint ended it seemed like the task of his successor.
Ten Hag’s tenure in charge was not a great beginning, too. they started with the Premier League season with a home defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion and the shocking 4-0 defeat at Brentford. A derby loss of 6-3 to Manchester City followed in early October, prompting many wondering if the former Ajax manager has the skills to lead the club.
These doubts have been eliminated.
The selection of Erik ten Hag is among the smartest decisions in the management Man United have made in the last decade. Erik has ignited not just his players as well as the game offered, but the fans as well; The Man United faithful have not been this enthusiastic, this felt so connected to them since before the time that of Alex Ferguson.
Their final performance might not have been most extravagant or flowing but they did the job effectively. There is the opportunity to play attractive football, but it was all about winning, and it was winning for the manager.