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 six minutes of the first half gave Manchester United the upper hand and sent them on their way to their first victory under manager Erik ten Hag, Newcastle’s own trophy drought, which dates back to 1969, continues.
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At 33 minutes, Casemiro scored as he headed in a free kick from Luke Shaw.
His team increased their lead as substitute goalkeeper Loris Karius for Newcastle, who was filling in for the banned Nick Pope, was unable to stop a strike from Marcus Rashford.
Newcastle made an effort to fight back in the second half, but Eddie Howe’s team’s scoring has dried up at the worst time.
It indicated that Manchester United had achieved victory again, six years after winning the Europa League under Jose Mourinho and this competition in the same season.
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.
Since their disastrous starts to the season, when they lost at home to Brighton and conceded four goals in the first half of a humiliating loss at Brentford, the Dutchman’s strong leadership and technical knowledge has improved them.
The illustrious Casemiro’s arrival, the fierce Lisandro Martinez’s exceptional growth, and Rashford’s resurgence have all contributed to the Old Trafford team once more being taken seriously.
Even though they weren’t at their best, once they took control of the final, they wouldn’t let Newcastle back in, and the job was successfully completed.
Casemiro, a signing that had a truly transformative impact, was at the center of it all. By scoring the game’s first goal, the Brazilian not only made a key contribution, but he also left his years of trophy-winning Real Madrid expertise all over this grand finale with his exquisite positioning and dominance.
Also, it will strengthen the notion that Ten Hag is the coach who can lead Manchester United out of the wilderness they were in prior to his appointment as manager at the beginning of the season.