Manchester United lifts first title in six years with 2-0 victory over New Castle United

Manchester United ended their six-year wait for silverware as they beat Newcastle United 2-0 to win the Carabao Cup at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

United last won a major trophy in their 2017 Europa League campaign, but looked comfortable in their display against Eddie Howe’s side as Casemiro’s header and a Sven Botman own goal gave Newcastle too much to overcome in their first League Cup final appearance since 1976.

There was little in the way of clear-cut chances in a frantic beginning, but United opened the scoring on 33 minutes in the first of two quickfire goals as stalwart midfielder Casemiro sent one half of Wembley into pandemonium.

Luke Shaw delivered a stooping ball in from a wide free-kick and the Brazil international expertly glanced a header into the far corner. He was deemed to have been played marginally onside after a VAR check.

With the momentum in their favour, United doubled their lead six minutes later as Newcastle defender Botman guided Marcus Rashford’s effort into his own goal.

Wout Weghorst burst forward and played Rashford in behind, his shot from a narrow angle was diverted up-and-over the stretching Loris Karius by Botman as United tightened their grip on the trophy.

Weghorst threatened again in first half stoppage time with a well-struck effort from distance, but Karius — who made his first start since February 2021 — was equal to it.

Newcastle returned in the second half with an improved yet toothless performance, with Joelinton coming closest but having his shot well-blocked by Lisandro Martinez, as United comfortably saw out the victory.

United have enjoyed an improved season in their first term under Ten Hag, placed third in the Premier League table and still in the Europa League draw. The Dutchman is the first manager at Old Trafford to win silverware since Jose Mourinho.

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