Manchester United fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief as their beloved team has lifted a trophy after a long six-year drought. The Red Devils defeated Newcastle United 2-0 in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, with goals from Casemiro and Sven Botman.
It was United’s first piece of silverware since winning the League Cup and Europa League under Jose Mourinho in 2017. The victory marks a significant milestone for United manager Erik ten Hag, who has guided the club to its first trophy just 10 months after being hired.
The final was played at Wembley Stadium, and United started the game on the front foot, dominating possession and creating chances. The breakthrough came in the 33rd minute when Brazilian midfielder Casemiro headed home from a corner kick.
The lead was doubled six minutes later when Sven Botman, under pressure from United striker Edinson Cavani, scored an own-goal. Despite Newcastle’s best efforts, they could not find a way back into the game, and United held on for a comfortable victory.
The win keeps United’s hopes of a quadruple alive, with the team still in contention for the Premier League title, Europa League, and FA Cup. The triumph also marks a significant turning point for the club, which has been criticized for their lack of silverware in recent years.
Ten Hag, who joined United from Dutch side Ajax, has made an instant impact at the club, implementing a high-pressing style of football that has brought the best out of his players. The Dutchman has also shown a willingness to give young players a chance, with the likes of Mason Greenwood and Amad Diallo featuring prominently in the squad.
Speaking after the game, Ten Hag praised his players for their performance and expressed his delight at winning his first trophy with the club.
“I am incredibly proud of my players today. They showed great character and determination to win this trophy. It is a special moment for us, and we will enjoy it, but we know there is still a long way to go this season.”
United captain Harry Maguire also spoke after the game, hailing the team’s defensive performance and praising the impact of Ten Hag.
“Today was a great team performance. We defended well, and we took our chances when they came. Erik ten Hag has been fantastic since he arrived, and he has instilled a winning mentality in the team.”
The win marks a disappointing end to Newcastle’s cup campaign, who were hoping to win their first major trophy since 1955. Despite a spirited second-half performance, the Magpies were unable to break down United’s defense and will now focus on their Premier League survival bid.
The League Cup victory also marks a significant milestone for United’s owners, the Glazer family, who have faced criticism from fans in recent years over their lack of investment in the squad. The trophy will undoubtedly ease some of the tensions between the owners and the supporters, who have been calling for greater investment in the team.
Overall, the League Cup win is a significant moment for United, who have been on a mission to reclaim their position as one of the top teams in English football. The team will now turn their attention to their next challenge, as they aim to continue their pursuit of a quadruple.