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Manchester united wins first silverware under Ten Hag at Wembley as Marcus Rashford continue to inspire
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Manchester United clinched their first trophy in almost six years on Sunday, defeating Newcastle United 2-0 in the League Cup final at Wembley. The victory provided tangible proof of the progress being made under manager Erik ten Hag since his appointment last summer.
Casemiro opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when he headed home Luke Shaw’s perfect set-piece cross. Sven Boatman’s own goal, deflecting a Marcus Rashford strike over goalkeeper Loris Karius, six minutes later proved to be the difference.
In lifting the League Cup, United have claimed their first piece of silverware since winning the Europa League in 2017. The celebrations that accompanied United’s sixth League Cup triumph could be the first of many trophy parades on the evidence of Ten Hag’s transformative first season.
United remain challengers on three other fronts, sitting third in the Premier League and with an FA Cup fifth round tie against West Ham on Wednesday followed by a Europa League last 16 tie against Real Betis in March.
Silverware after a prolonged Trophy drought
Cup Final- Wins Silverware After 6 Years
After 10 years in the wilderness since Alex Ferguson retired, having led them to their last Premier League title in 2013, United are finally emerging from one of the darkest periods in the club’s illustrious history.
United finished a dismal sixth in the Premier League last season, but Ten Hag has swiftly masterminded their return to relevance. It was fitting that Ten Hag’s maiden trophy success with United came after he met Ferguson for dinner recently and with the Scot watching from the Wembley stands.
Ending United’s longest trophy drought for 40 years is no guarantee of future success, but the steely Ten Hag appears capable of thriving in the unrelenting Old Trafford spotlight.
Despite failing to win their first major trophy since the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, Newcastle can also expect to feature in more showpiece occasions soon.
Newcastle have been revitalized since their takeover by a Saudi-funded consortium in 2021 and they competed gamely in their first cup final for 24 years. Hauled from the relegation zone by manager Eddie Howe last season, they sit fifth in the Premier League, a sleeping giant awaking after decades as the laughingstock of English football.
Newcastle’s fanatical ‘Toon Army’ turned one half of Wembley into a roiling sea of black and white as they belted out songs of praise for their heroes well over an hour before kick-off. But that show of passion proved the high point of the day for Newcastle as United spoiled the party in composed style.
Some things are hard to change Did Loris Karius repeated the 2018 howler once again?
Newcastle had feared stand-in keeper Loris Karius might be exposed in his first major occasion since his howlers led to Liverpool’s 2018 Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid.
Playing instead of the suspended Nick Pope, Karius might feel he could have done better with United’s second goal, but he was not to blame for Newcastle’s defeat.
New Castle languishes offensively & defensively
Allan Saint-Maximin had toothless Newcastle’s best opportunity to snatch the lead when he skipped past Diogo Dalot for a fierce strike that David De Gea repelled with an out-stretched hand.
It was a crucial save as United went ahead moments later in the 33rd minute. Shaw’s free-kick arrowed towards the Newcastle six-yard box and Casemiro timed his run perfectly to glance a clinical header past Karius.
It was just a reward for the latest commanding performance from the United midfielder following his move from Real Madrid last year.
United then doubled their lead in the 39th minute. Wout Weghorst’s pass found Marcus Rashford inside the area and, with Newcastle’s defenders slow to react, he hit a mistimed shot that deflected off Botman and looped over the wrong-footed Karius.
With the todays silverware David de Gea claims his 181 clean sheet for United. He equalled the highest clean sheet record with Peter Schmeichel last week at old Trafford.
What do the new united boy from Dutch has to say about the silverware?
Manchester Utd player Wout Weghorst takes delight in trophy win & says ” it’s really nice to win a trophy”
Manchester Utd player wins a silverware in 6 years, Wout Weghorst takes delight in trophy win & says ‘it’s really nice to win a trophy’.
Manchester United won the League Cup final against Newcastle United on February 26, 2023, marking their first trophy in almost six years. After the match, Wout Weghorst, a Dutch striker for Manchester United, shared his thoughts on the win, saying that it was a great feeling to win his first trophy and to bring silverware back to the club.
Weghorst also mentioned that the group of players at Manchester United is hungry for more success and that they have everything in their own hands. He further expressed his childhood dream of playing for the club, playing in a final, and being an important player in the game. He also praised the team spirit and passion of the players, and talked about how important it is to take a moment to enjoy the victory after focusing on the match.
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