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Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle: Erik ten Hag's side win Carabao Cup to end six-year trophy drought

Report and free match highlights from the Carabao Cup final between Manchester United and Newcastle at Wembley as Erik ten Hag's team ended their six-year trophy drought by beating the Magpies 2-0 on Sunday

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Highlights of the Carabao Cup final between Manchester United and Newcastle at Wembley.

Manchester United ended their six-year trophy drought as they beat Newcastle 2-0 to win the Carabao Cup.

Casemiro scored the opener for Erik ten Hag's side at Wembley and they doubled their lead before the break thanks to Marcus Rashford.

It is their first piece of silverware since they won the Europa League under Jose Mourinho in 2017, and it could be the first trophy of a potential quadruple, with United still in the FA Cup, Europa League and still having an outside shot of winning the Premier League.

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The celebrations began at Wembley as the Manchester United players lifted the Carabao Cup trophy following their victory over Newcastle.

For Newcastle, their 54-year wait for a trophy - and 68 years for a domestic trophy - goes on.

Man Utd end their trophy wait at Wembley

Newcastle were bright in the early stages but it was Manchester United who took control on 33 minutes, as Casemiro rose to head home from Luke Shaw's free-kick. There was a VAR check but the Brazilian was ruled to be narrowly onside.

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Manchester United take the lead in the Carabao Cup final thanks to Casemiro's header

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A Marcus Rashford shot deflected off the unfortunate Sven Botman to double Manchester United's lead at Wembley

Six minutes later the lead was doubled as Rashford combined brilliantly with Wout Weghorst before driving into the box and seeing his shot deflect off of Botman before evading Loris Karius in the Newcastle goal.

Eddie Howe threw on Alexander Isak at half-time to try and help turn the tide, but Newcastle could not break down a stubborn and resilient red wall, as Man Utd saw out the win.

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They could even have added a late third in stoppage time as a counter saw Bruno Fernandes race through, but he was denied by Karius from close range.

Ten Hag: We showed fight and spirit

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag says the players will be inspired to win more trophies after their Carabao Cup victory over Newcastle.

Erik ten Hag on Sky Sports:

"Yet again this evening, they had the right spirit. It's a very good spirit, they act as a team and fight, give everything.

"It was not always the best football, but it was effective. Firstly, you have to win the first one [trophy]. We will get a lot of inspiration from this, but also more confidence that we can do it.

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag shares a joke with Roy Keane after the Dutchman was spotted celebrating his team's win with some dancing!

"We are still in a start to restore Man Utd to where they belong, which is winning trophies and this is the first one.

"I said before the game, Rafa Varane, Casemiro, David de Gea, they know how to win trophies. You need such lads on the pitch to point the team, to coach them, to organise, not only from a tactical prospect but especially mentally.

"The winning attitude, they have to bring it in the dressing room, in the team in different situations and they've done that."

Howe: Defeat hurts but we're looking forward

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Newcastle boss Eddie Howe says he's proud of his team's performance despite suffering a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United at Wembley.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe:

"I thought we were really competitive. I can't fault the players and what they've given me in this game. The game is decided on big moments and the free-kick, we've not defended it well enough, and they are the moments we'll look back on.

"It leaves us with a feeling of a defeat in a final and that is never nice. We are desperately disappointed but already for me you look to the future, and you are desperate to get back here and win a trophy.

"To see the supporters, who have been absolutely incredible for us this year, disappointed and hurt, it hurts bad, and the motivation now is to get back here and win them the trophy they deserve."

Neville: Ten Hag has transformed Man Utd from whiners into winners

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After winning the Carabao Cup, Gary Neville says Erik ten Hag has transformed Man Utd from whiners to winners.

Sky Sports' Gary Neville:

"It's about one man that has transformed a team from whiners into winners - what a job Erik ten Hag has done. Players are out there that shouldn't have played for Manchester United again but they are performing at a high level.

"They have a spirit and a fight. There is a real chance of winning trophies beyond this. He makes good decisions in matches - his subs were critical in making sure they saw this game out. It's been a brilliant last few months.

Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring Man Utd's second
Image: Marcus Rashford celebrates Man Utd's second goal

"At the end of last season, some of those players were part of a team labelled a disgrace by me and other Man Utd fans. It was horrible to watch. They were divided. The turnaround is transformational. It's unbelievable what Erik ten Hag has done.
"From 2003 and 2006, we didn't win a trophy and you feel like you're never going to win a league again, or you're not going to be up there again. This trophy was the catalyst for feeling confident and putting belief into the squad.

"This squad will be dangerous with a medal around their neck because you like to think Erik ten Hag is going to improve them again in the next 12 to 18 months. They're not close to Arsenal or Man City, that's clear, but where they are and what they're doing is something I never would have imagined six months ago."

Keane: Hopefully the start of things to come

Casemiro celebrates after giving Man Utd the lead
Image: Casemiro celebrates after giving Man Utd the lead

Sky Sports' Roy Keane:

"Look at the players' and supporters' reactions, they've been desperate for success. All the build-up was about Newcastle and how desperate they were. But these players, the manager, it's been five, six, seven years now, that seems a long time.

"They deserve the victory, they were efficient, and scored two good goals. It was a long way back for Newcastle who stuck at it, but hopefully this is the start of the good days coming back to Man Utd."

Player of the Match - Casemiro

What a performance, what a signing he has proven to be. If there were any doubters before he arrived at Manchester United, they have surely been silenced now. Casemiro is a unique and brilliant midfielder who can do everything. Even at his age and for the price they paid, he has proven an absolute bargain.

Post-match Opta stats

  • Manchester United have won the League Cup for a sixth time, behind only Liverpool (9) and Manchester City (8) in the competition's history. Five of those six titles have come since the turn of the century.
  • Newcastle have lost both of their League Cup finals (also 1976), becoming one of six sides to reach more than one League Cup final without winning the trophy (also Bolton, Everton, Southampton, Sunderland, and West Ham).
  • Man Utd won their first major trophy since the 2017 UEFA Europa League, five years and 278 days ago. This ends their longest wait for a major trophy since 1983, when they won the FA Cup six years and five days after their previous honour, the 1977 FA Cup.
  • Newcastle have lost each of their last nine matches at Wembley, a run that began in the 1974 FA Cup final, extending what is the longest ever losing run by a club side at the venue.

What's next?

Manchester United now turn their attentions to the FA Cup, with West Ham visiting Old Trafford on Wednesday; kick-off 7.45pm. Erik ten Hag's side then face another huge match on Sunday when they take on Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 4.30pm.

Live Super Sunday

Newcastle's next game is at champions Manchester City on Saturday; kick-off 12.30pm. Eddie Howe's side then host Wolves on Sunday, March 12, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 4.30pm.

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