Manchester United vs Newcastle LIVE: Carabao Cup final result and reaction as Erik ten Hag wins first trophy

Manchester United defeated Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup final to win their first trophy in six years while ensuring the Magpies’ 68-year wait for a taste of domestic silverware continues.

A first half header from Casemiro opened the scoring before Marcus Rashford’s shot deflected off Sven Botman, beating stand-in Newcastle goalkeeper Loris Karius, to put Erik ten Hag’s side ahead at half time.

Newcastle had been the better team until Casemiro’s opener, with David de Gea producing an important stop to deny the excellent Allan Saint-Maximin, but Eddie Howe’s team could not find a response after the restart.

It means United lift their first piece of silverware since the Europa League in 2017 after Ten Hag steered the club to a trophy in his first season in charge.

Newcastle were playing in their first cup final in 24 years, but a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United is the same result as their previous visit to Wembley in the 1999 FA Cup final. Here’s how the players rated in the Carabao Cup final.

Follow all the reaction from the Carabao Cup final as Manchester United defeated Newcastle at Wembley:

Carabao Cup final

  • Man Utd and Newcastle clash in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley

  • 39’ GOAL! - Botman deflects Rashford shot past Karius to double United’s lead (MUN 2-0 NEW)

  • 33’ GOAL! - Casemiro heads United in front from a set piece (MUN 1-0 NEW)

  • 12’ SHOT! - Weghorst miscues good chance early on (MUN 0-0 NEW)

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Manchester United defeat Newcastle 2-0 to win Carabao Cup

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Manchester United have 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.

Manchester United defeat Newcastle 2-0 to win Carabao Cup

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Manchester United defeat Newcastle 2-0 to win Carabao Cup

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Casemiro was awarded player of the match. He opened the scoring, ran Man Utd’s midfield and dropped back into defence to keep Newcastle quiet in the closing stages.

There wasn’t really anyone else it could have been.

Full-time: Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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90+5 mins: Manchester United have done it! They defeat Newcastle at Wembley to win the Carabao Cup. Manchester United’s wait for silverware is over.

It’s been a long six years since the reign of Jose Mourinho but Erik ten Hag is bringing a trophy back to Old Trafford.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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90+3 mins: Chance! Manchester United counter-attack with Bruno Fernandes driving into the box. He cuts left before taking a shot which Karius blocks with his body. The ball deflects off the goalkeeper and sails wide of the target.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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90+2 mins: Eddie Howe brings on Elliott Anderson and Matt Ritchie to replace Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron. Another Newcastle free kick is whipped onto Joelinton’s head.

He loops a headed effort over to the top corner but De Gea palms it wide of the post.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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90 mins: Manchester United’s club captain, Harry Maguire, comes on to replace Marcus Rashford for the final five minutes of stoppage time.

United are playing with a back five now and are solely focused on keeping Newcastle at bay. Lisandro Martinez marshalls the ball out of play as Callum Wilson tries to get to it.

There’s a bit of a barney between the two players and a few more seconds eke out of the game.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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88 mins: Casemiro goes in the book for a late tackle on Joelinton. The free kick is floated into the box before a few pinball headers knock to ball over to Marcus Rashford who boots it away.

Jacob Murphy brings the ball down and drills a shot at goal. It’s a low darting one with a bit of swerve on the ball that carries it wide of the right-hand post.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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86 mins: Kieran Trippier gets a better delivery into the box from a corner now but David De Gea confidently comes out and punches the ball clear.

Bruno Fernandes is given the ball and he belts it over to Marcus Rashford on the left wing and Rashford brings the ball deep into Newcastle’s half.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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83 mins: Jadon Sancho gets a run out at Wembley for the final few minutes as he replaces Antony for Manchester United.

Jacob Murphy receives the ball just on the right side of the penalty area and blazes a shot over the top.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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80 mins: There’s a coming together between Bruno Fernandes and Fabian Schar as Newcastle put the ball into the box. Schar goes down and VAR takes a look at the incident but nothing comes from it.

Newcastle are hoping for anyway back into this match. 10 minutes to go.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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77 mins: Botman boots a Newcastle clearance up the pitch and almost plays in Allan Saint-Maximin. David De Gea storms out of his penalty area and fizzes the ball into the stands in a no-nonsense clearance.

Jacob Murphy and Joe Willock are on for Newcastle. Saint-Maximin and Bruno Guimaraes have been taken off.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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74 mins: Trippier is played in behind by Guimaraes and his square ball is flicked away by a lunging De Gea before the offside flag goes up.

Save! At the other end of the pitch Man Utd bomb forward on a counter-attack with Sabitzer playing Rashford in behind. Rashford smokes one at goal from 20-yards and forces Karius into a sharp save low down.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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72 mins: Erik ten Hag makes some personnel and tactical changes now. Wout Weghorst and Fred are replaced with Marcel Sabitzer and Scott McTominay.

Those changes bring Marcus Rashford in the centre-forward role with Bruno Fernandes pushed out to the left. It’s a move designed to give United more control in midfield.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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68 mins: Sven Botman picks up a yellow card for dissent and slamming the ball into the ground after Isak is penalised for a foul on Wan-Bissaka.

Chance! A long straight ball comes into Manchester United’s box and David De Gea punches the ball out to Joelinton. He flicks it onto his left foot and shoots but Wan-Bissaka blocks the effort.

Callum Wilson collects the ball and lays it back to Joelinton who shoots again but Martinez gets in front on this one and turns it wide of the target.

Good pressure from Newcastle.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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65 mins: Kieran Trippier plays the corner short before getting the ball back and hooking it over to Sven Botman. Botman slides the ball back to Trippier but this time he loses possession to Lisandro Martinez.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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62 mins: Newcastle still have plenty of time to score. They’re knocking the ball around well and taking their time to set up a chance on the edge of the box.

Allan Saint-Maximin and Alexander Isak are being really positive, driving at the United defence and causing a few issues. Saint-Maximin wins Newcastle a corner.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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59 mins: Bruno Guimaraes twists and weaves his way into the Manchester United box but runs into trouble and loses the ball. United send it out to Bruno Fernandes and Guiamaraes sprint across in an attempt to recover the ball.

He lunges into a tackle and rolls over on his right ankle. That’s a painful one and the Newcastle playmaker is down in pain again.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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56 mins: Bruno Fernandes takes a short corner for Man Utd and slots the ball over to Luke Shaw about 20-yards out from goal. He flicks the ball into the middle of the box and finds Wout Weghorst who’s soft header is comfortably claimed by Karius.

The game is going to open up as Newcastle hunt for a way back into the match. Should they score it’ll create a beltin’ finish to this final.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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53 mins: Kieran Trippier is getting further and further forward for Newcastle. Already he’s put a couple of decent crosses into the box since the resumption.

The most recent almost picked out Callum Wilson’s high boot but Lisandro Martinez got his head to the ball first to deny a goalscoring chance.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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51 mins: Aaron Wan-Bissaka does brilliantly to recover the ball high up the pitch. He’s got plenty of options on the left but decides to slip it into Weghorst to his right.

Weghorst lifts the ball into the penalty area where it gets blocked. There’s a half-hearted appeal for a handball from the striker but nothing comes from it.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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48 mins: Manchester United have picked up where they ended the first half. Marcus Rashford lifts a cross into the box that Botman heads out as far as Antony.

He rolls the ball onto his left foot then curls a shot straight at Loris Karius who clings onto the ball.

Second half: Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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There’s a change from both managers at the break. Diogo Dalot is taken off to be replaced with Aaron Wan-Bissaka in a like-for-like swap at right-back.

Sean Longstaff is sacrificed for Newcastle in order to bring on another striker in Alexander Isak. Newcastle get the match back underway.

They’ve got 45 minutes to turn this final around.

HT Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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Marcus Rashford will feel aggrieved as his goal has been credited as a Sven Botman own goal.

Botman is just the fourth player to score an own goal in a League Cup final after Roger Kenyon (1977), Gordon Chisholm (1985) and Steven Gerrard (2005).

HT Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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Casemiro has scored four goals in his last 12 games in all competitions, one more goal than he had scored across his previous 89 matches.

HT Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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Casemiro has led from the front for Manchester United today. His opening goal released the shackles and gave Erik ten Hag’s team a foothold in the game.

Marcus Rashford then added a second and United are in total control of this final.


Half-time: Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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45+5 mins: Joelinton is getting a little frustrated. He clatters Antony to the ground after the winger does a couple of tricks before yanking Casemiro to the floor and earning himself a yellow card.

The whistle goes for half-time and Manchester United have one hand on the Carabao Cup trophy. Work to do for Newcastle in the second half.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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45+3 mins: Save! Antony nicks the ball off Burn deep in Man Utd’s half and back heels it down the wing. Wout Weghorst collects the ball and drives to the box.

There’s only Marcus Rashford up with him so Weghorst goes for goal and smokes a left-footed effort at goal from outside the box. It’s struck well and forces Loris Karius to leap to the right in order to palm it over the crossbar!

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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45 mins: There’s going to be five minutes of added time to play at the end of the first half.

Fred leaves a bit too much on Sean Longstaff when tackling him in the middle of the pitch. The Man Utd midfielder is already on a yellow card and needs to be a bit more careful.

Newcastle are awarded the free kick but Fred avoids further punishment.

Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

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42 mins: Can Newcastle respond before half-time? Nearly!

Kieran Trippier plays a corner short to Miguel Almiron who returns the ball. Trippier’s cross is chipped over to Dan Burn who wins the header ahead of Luke Shaw but guides it wide of the back post.

GOAL! Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle (Botman OG, 39’)⚽️

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39 mins: Marcus Rashford doubles Manchester United’s lead!

A long ball up the pitch is headed over to Casemiro who passes the ball up to Wout Weghorst. Weghorst does the hard yards and carries the ball up to the penalty area before slipping in Marcus Rashford.

He opens up his body and looks for the far corner with his shot. Sven Botman dives back to make the block and the ball loops off his leg and flies over Loris Karius to add to United’s lead.

Pressure on Newcastle now.

Man Utd 1-0 Newcastle

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36 mins: Manchester United draw first blood but can Newcastle respond? They’ve shown enough over this first half to prove they’re a threat to United but they need to be more clinical in front of goal.

GOAL! Man Utd 1-0 Newcastle (Casemiro, 33’)⚽️

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33 mins: Marcus Rashford is brought down on the left wing. The resultant free kick is swung into the box by Luke Shaw who places the ball perfectly onto the head of Casemiro who nods it into the far corner!

Brilliant set piece from Manchester United who take the lead at Wembley.

Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

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32 mins: Close! Miguel Almiron drives forward and slots the ball out to Kieran Trippier on the right wing. He slips the ball into the box for Sean Longstaff who drills a square ball across the six-yard area.

None of his teammates can meet the pass but it’s picked up by Allan Saint-Maximin. He checks to the left and drills a shot at goal only to be denied by the left-hand of David De Gea!

Solid save from Man Utd’s goalkeeper.

Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

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30 mins: Martinez and Schar are back on their feet and ready to go, Schar has had a bandage placed near his left eye and still seems a little dazed.

The noise inside Wembley is fantastic, non stop singing, cheering and jeering from both sets of fans. Great atmosphere for this final.

Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

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27 mins: Fabian Schar starts a Newcastle attacking with a driving run forward. He sends the ball over to Kieran Trippier on the right wing before carrying on his run.

Trippier whips in a cross but Schar can’t control his header under pressure from Lisandro Martinez and nods it high and wide. Both players stay down after their collision and need what look like concussion tests from the medics.

Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

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24 mins: Bruno Guimaraes seems to have picked up a knock now too and needs a bit of treatment from the Newcastle physios. It’ll be a huge blow if he has to come off the pitch, with Joelinton he’s been Newcastle best player so far.

Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

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21 mins: Antony is hobbling around for Man Utd holding his left groin. It’s not a massive issue at present but it’s a niggle Erik ten Hag will need to be aware of.

United knock the ball nicely around the back to draw Newcastle up the pitch. Lisandro Martinez then slides a pass down the left wing to Fred who is fouled close to the halfway line.

Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

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18 mins: Marcus Rashford gets on the end of a straight long ball but solid defending from the Newcastle centre-back forces him over to the right and stops him from shooting.

He gives the ball to Antony who cuts onto his left-foot and challenges Loris Karius with a shot from range that sails straight into the waiting arms of the goalkeeper.

Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

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15 mins: In recent weeks, Manchester United have grown into matches after sluggish starts. That seems to be the case here as a cross field pass comes out to Antony who sends the overlapping Dalot to the byline.

Dalot’s cross is a good one but Bruno Guimaraes sneaks in front of Fred and works it away.

Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

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12 mins: Shot! Antony is fed the ball over on the right wing. He brings it under control before laying it off to Casemiro. Casemiro flicks the ball into the penalty area where Fred heads it on to Wout Weghorst.

Weghorst has to contend with Fabian Schar and Sven Botman for the ball but it bounces kindly for him to take a shot on the swivel.

He gets one away but it’s a soft hit and Loris Karius scoops it up safely enough.

Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

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9 mins: Bruno Guimaraes tries to transition Newcastle from defence to attack but is clipped by Wout Weghorst and falls to the ground.

He tries to play the free kick quickly but the referee pulls him back to retake it.

Saint-Maximin is causing problems already. He runs at Diogo Dalot who needs to stick out a leg and bring the winger down before he can get too far into United’s half.

Dalot earns the first yellow card of the game.

Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

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6 mins: Newcastle have started well. They’re not afraid to take the attack to Manchester United and are utilising the pace of Allan Saint-Maximin as well as the passing quality of Bruno Guimaraes.

Man Utd will be slightly tired after their Thursday night clash with Barcelona so Newcastle will want to target these opening minutes as the best chance to get in front.

Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

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3 mins: David De Gea boots a goal kick long and the ball is nodded down to Luke Shaw. He sends it into the middle where Bruno Fernandes flicks the ball in behind for Marcus Rashford’s run in behind.

Rashford touches the ball into the box then curls a pass over towards Wout Weghorst but Sven Botman is on hand to guide it behind for a corner.

Kick off: Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

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Manchester United get the final underway at Wembley and Newcastle’s goalkeeper gets his first touch when a long ball bounces through to him.

He’s going to have a big job on his hands today if United get into their stride.

Manchester United vs Newcastle

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The national anthem is sung and the players shake hands before posing for a photo in front of a ‘Football Stands Together’ sign to show support for Ukraine.

There’s a wonderful anticipation building at Wembley now. Kick off is up next...

Manchester United vs Newcastle

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It’s very loud inside Wembley Stadium and gets even louder as the players walk out onto the pitch. There are black and white flags being waved by the Newcastle supporters.

Manchester United’s fans are a wave of red. It’s a brilliant sight.

Marcus Rashford is the best player the world, says Manchester United teammate

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Marcus Rashford is “probably the best player in the world” on current form, according to his Manchester United teammate Phil Jones.

Rashford is enjoying a purple patch in front of goal for United with 16 goals in 18 appearances since returning from the World Cup like a different player.

His goals have helped propel the team into the Carabao Cup final and Europa League knockout stages, while United are also on the fringes of the title race behind Arsenal and Manchester City.

Speaking ahead of the Carabao Cup final at Wembley, Jones told Sky Sports there’s no one better than Rashford right now.

Marcus Rashford is the best player the world, says Manchester United teammate

Manchester United vs Newcastle

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The warm-ups are well underway and the stadium is filling up nicely. This is going to be a cracking game but only one team can win the Carabao Cup.

Who will it be?

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(Action Images via Reuters)

Erik ten Hag urges Man Utd players to create their own legacy with trophy wins

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Erik ten Hag wants his players to create their own legacy as the Manchester United manager prepares to step out at Wembley for the first time in the Carabao Cup final.

The Dutchman joined from Ajax after a wretched 2021-22 campaign for the the Old Trafford giants, who slumped home with their worst Premier League points tally in a season to forget.

Meticulous Ten Hag has overseen a marked transformation in culture and quality since then, with the club fighting on all four fronts as a frantic February fixture schedule comes to a mouth-watering conclusion.

Three days on from beating Barcelona in the Europa League knockout play-off, United head to Wembley to take on Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final looking to win a first trophy since 2017.

Erik ten Hag urges Man Utd players to create their own legacy with trophy wins

Manchester United vs Newcastle

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Manchester United won 38 trophies during Alex Ferguson’s 26-year reign at Old Trafford, including 13 league titles, two Champions Leagues, five FA Cups and four League Cups.

However, since his departure in 2013 they have won only the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal, the League Cup, Europa League and Community Shield under Jose Mourinho, and the Community Shield under David Moyes.

Will Erik ten Hag add to the trophy cabinet today?

Manchester United vs Newcastle

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Loris Karius is set to make his first appearance since February 28th 2021 for Union Berlin in a Bundesliga match, 728 days ago.

It’s also his first ever match at Wembley.

Ten Hag reflects on road to Wembley

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“I see it so far as not a success. It is more the road, to hopefully success,’’ said the Manchester United boss speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of today’s final.

‘’It is always success when you win trophies, but Sunday, we have [an] opportunity to get success and that is obviously [in part] with the squad what we use, you need a squad when you play in four competitions.

‘’You can’t do it with 11 with respect to the load of the players. But also, for a tactical point a view, we can chose formations where we can be most effective.’’

Trippier ready to ‘do whatever it takes’ to win Carabao Cup

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Kieran Trippier has been happily telling the press that his Newcastle team will do whatever it takes to win trophies.

“It’s about when to slow a game down,” he told The Times. “If the opposition are having more of the ball and are on top, of course you’ve got to kill the game. You’re not going to take a quick throw-in and say ‘carry on’.

“Of course, some teams are not happy with us, but it’s about being clever in that moment. It’s about using your experiences and everyone’s doing it, not just us.

“I have experienced it a lot in Spain. I love it. The best for me was [Atletico defender Stefan] Savic, he used to pull people’s hair, even in training. It was crazy, honestly, but I loved it.

“Opposition fans are not going to like it because it’s against their team, but as a neutral I think it’s good to see. I don’t see why everyone’s kicking off about it! It’s good. You’ve got to have it. If you want to win, if you want to be successful, you have to be cute in every single game.”

Manchester United vs Newcastle

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The fans are flocking into Wembley ahead of kick off at 4.30pm. Manchester United are the favourites to win this crunch match but Newcastle have named a strong line-up and will not make things easy.


Manchester United vs Newcastle

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Newcastle United will attempt to end a 54-year wait for silverware against Manchester United in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

Here, we take a look at how Eddie Howe’s side reached their first final since 1999.

Newcastle’s route to Carabao Cup final as they bid to end trophy wait

Man Utd vs Newcastle team changes

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Erik ten Hag makes two changes to the Manchester United team that defeated Barcelona on Thursday night. Diogo Dalot and Antony are both brought in with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jadon Sancho dropping out.

Eddie Howe makes three changes to his Newcastle side. Nick Pope is suspended so Loris Karius starts in goal, Bruno Guimaraes replaces Elliott Anderson in midfield and Callum Wilson starts up top in place of Alexander Isak.

Manchester United vs Newcastle line-ups

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Manchester United XI: De Gea, Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw, Fred, Casemiro, Antony, Fernandes, Rashford, Weghorst

Newcastle XI: Karius, Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn, Guimaraes, Longstaff, Joelinton, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Wilson

Ten Hag looking forward to Wembley

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Manchester United boss, Erik ten Hag, says he is looking forward to today’s Carabao Cup final as it will be his first time at Wembley.

“I’ve seen so many games [there] on television but I have never been, I’ve never had the pleasure to have been, so Sunday is the first time and I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.


Mum’s the word as Eddie Howe prepares for Wembley occasion

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Eddie Howe will return to Wembley on Sunday with his late mother firmly in his thoughts.

The 45-year-old could be just 90 minutes away from succeeding where even Geordie folk heroes Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson failed by bringing a first major trophy back to Newcastle since the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

However, as he walks out on to the hallowed turf at headquarters ahead of the Carabao Cup final clash with Manchester United, he will cast his mind back to the day his mother Anne took him there as a child.

Mum’s the word as Eddie Howe prepares for Wembley occasion

Manchester United vs Newcastle LIVE: Latest Carabao Cup final updates

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag labelled Carabao Cup final opponents Newcastle “annoying”, warning his players and Sunday’s officials to be wary of their supposed time-wasting antics.

All eyes will be on Wembley on Sunday afternoon as the Red Devils look to end their six-year wait for a trophy against the success-starved Magpies, who have not won a trophy since 1969.

Ten Hag is excited for the occasion and this early shot at silverware, but the United boss is not taking Eddie Howe’s side lightly and suggested there could be some gamesmanship from Newcastle.

Erik ten Hag warns against threat of ‘annoying’ Newcastle’s time-wasting

Manchester United’s Lisandro Martinez on defending: ‘Sometimes I want to kill, but you need control as well’

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The warrior centre-back saved the surprise for the end. Lisandro Martinez’s conversation had been sprinkled with the word “fight” and it scarcely felt surprising, There are sleek, elegant defenders who steal in unnoticed, as though they can complete the game without a speck of dirt on them, and there are stolid, solid ones, primed to head anything away but sometimes essentially uninteresting. And then there are those such as Martinez, a charismatic scrapper whose brand of full-blooded commitment has made him a Manchester United cult hero.

But not, it transpired, a serial miscreant. His Albiceleste team-mate Cristian Romero may conform more to the image of the Argentinian centre-back, leaping recklessly where others fear to tread, almost accepting red cards as an occupational hazard. Martinez can seem no less combative, but he has managed to ally a willingness to tackle with an awareness of what he can and cannot get away with.

Lisandro Martinez on defending: ‘Sometimes I want to kill’

Manchester United vs Newcastle LIVE: Latest Carabao Cup final updates

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Luke Shaw says Erik ten Hag has brought the feel-good factor back to Old Trafford as Manchester United attempt to end their six-year wait for a trophy in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.

The Old Trafford giants are synonymous with success and silverware, but things have gone awry since Sir Alex Ferguson bowed out on top in 2013.

United’s only major trophies since then have been the 2016 FA Cup and the following year’s EFL Cup and Europa League successes, with the club currently on their worst trophy drought in 40 years.

Erik ten Hag restored feel-good factor at Manchester United, says Luke Shaw

Kieran Trippier hopes run to cup final leads to brighter future for Newcastle

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Kieran Trippier is confident Newcastle will contest bigger prizes than the Carabao Cup as they build towards a brighter future.

The Magpies will play in their first final for 24 years when they line up against Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday, when victory would end a wait for a major trophy dating back to 1969, some 14 years after they claimed their last domestic prize.

However Trippier, a LaLiga winner with Atletico Madrid and a Champions League finalist during his time at Tottenham, believes even that would represent only a start.

Kieran Trippier hopes run to cup final leads to brighter future for Newcastle

Taylor on Newcastle’s chances

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Former Newcastle defender Steven Taylor gave his opinion on today’s Carabao Cup final saying: "Newcastle have been a sleeping giant for years. Going to win the cup will change everything - with the city it is huge.

"It is similar to the Bobby Robson days with the feel-good factor Eddie Howe has created. It has put Newcastle back on the map. There is no reason Newcastle can’t go into this full of confidence.

Erik ten Hag on beating Barcelona

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Manchester United come into today’s match with a heap of momentum after defeating Barcelona in the Europa League.

“I have so many highlights, but definitely [the Barcelona match was] a highlight.” said Ten Hag when asked where that victory ranked since taking over at Old Trafford.

“We won the game but in the end it is about winning trophies, so it is on the road - hopefully - to silverware.

“But when you beat Barcelona, it is one of the best teams in Europe, eight points ahead of Real Madrid and we have seen already Madrid play against Liverpool this week, so then you know if you beat [Barcelona], you have done a really good job.”

How Marcus Rashford and Manchester United returned from their wilderness years

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The Carabao Cup final is sandwiched by anniversaries. Saturday marks seven years since Marcus Rashford’s Manchester United debut; Tuesday since his Premier League bow. Each was an explosive introduction; Rashford scored twice against Midtjylland, twice more against Arsenal and a star was born.

Within a month, he had a Manchester derby winner to his name; within three, he was an FA Cup winner, within four he had played for England in a major tournament.

Some 15 months into his senior career, Rashford had won the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Community Shield and the Europa League. It was a remarkable medal collection for a teenager; yet now Rashford is 25 and it has not expanded. “We definitely could have achieved more,” he accepted. “But I would have given the same answer if we had won a load of trophies. I’ve not really had a period to stop and look back on the last seven years because it’s very much non-stop.”

He has packed 340 games and 117 goals into them; if it has been non-stop, he now feels unstoppable, surfing a wave that has brought him 16 goals in 18 matches since the World Cup.

How Marcus Rashford and Manchester United returned from their wilderness years

Shearer on Carabao Cup final

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Former Newcastle United captain and supporter of the club Alan Shearer spoke ahead of today’s crucial match and says he wishes he could lace up his boots and play in this one.

"I’m there as a fan on Sunday, that drive up to Wembley way when you can see the Newcastle fans - it’s the only time I wish I could put my boots back on.” said Shearer.

"Wembley is only a place for winners. It’s a blooming horrible place when you don’t win. I’ve been there in finals and semi-finals and it’s horrible for the players and for the fans [if you lose].

"I lived the dream, now they’re living the dream - they’re lucky boys. As soon as you leave the hotel it’s a great journey to Wembley and seeing the black and white shirts, the cheering, the scarves, it’s just incredible. It sent a shiver down my spine."

An underwhelming run for Newcastle

14:25 , Michael Jones

Newcastle’s last league win came against Fulham in mid-January and the Magpies have scored just nine goals in their last 11 matches.

Their indifferent form comes at the worst time and Eddie Howe will be hoping for an uptick at Wembley this afternoon.

Carabao Cup final offers Loris Karius chance to ‘turn his career around’

14:20 , Michael Jones

If the 22 years before Eddie Howe’s arrival that Newcastle fans spent hoping for another cup final felt like an age, then the last 15 months will have hardly sunk in.

Since arriving on Tyneside, the former Bournemouth boss has breathed new life into St James’ Park. A resurgent 11th-place finish last year, flirting with European qualification this season and now, a date with destiny in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.

Newcastle’s opponents on Sunday will be the same team that cost them 24 years ago in 1999. On that day it was Teddy Sheringham - brought on after an early injury to Roy Keane - who inspired Manchester United to a 2-0 FA Cup victory.

Carabao Cup final offers Loris Karius chance to ‘turn his career around’

Ten Hag on chance to win silverware

14:15 , Michael Jones

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag spoke about the opportunity to bring some silverware back to Old Trafford this week and said:

“It’s a great opportunity to get the silverware in. It’s all about that glory and honour in football. We deserve to play the final and we have a great opportunity to win the cup and we have to do everything to get it to Manchester.

"I think we are in a process where everyone believes. We go from game to game and we are looking forward to the next game. We have to follow that line to improve and be the best."

Pope a big miss for Newcastle

14:10 , Michael Jones

Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper, Nick Pope, will miss today’s Carabao Cup final after being sent off during the Magpies’ 2-0 Premier League defeat to Liverpool.

A moment of madness saw Pope sprint out of his penalty area and handle the ball in front of Mo Salah which earned him a straight red card and contributed to Newcastle losing their 17-game unbeaten run in the league.

With Martin Dubravka cup-tied (having already played in the Carabao Cup for Man Utd this season) and Karl Darlow out on loan, former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is expected to start ahead of Mark Gillespie.

Newcastle are aiming for a first Wembley win since their FA Cup triumph in 1955 and Karius himself is hoping for some cup redemption after a shocking performance in the 2018 Champions League final for the Reds.

Howe on Newcastle’s recent form

14:05 , Michael Jones

"I’m pleased the game is here. I think it’s been a difficult few weeks for us because the talk has been about it, even though it’s been two or three games down the line," Newcastle manager Eddie Howe said during his pre-match media duties.

"We’ve beaten some really good teams and been very consistent with our form. We believe the power is in our hands and it’s up to us to perform at those best levels.

"I always believe that the history, from my side, is respected but we’re trying to create new history with a new team at a new moment. We’re determined to try and do that and create some great memories for our amazing supporters.

"They’ve had a long wait for that moment and I know just from my very limited dealings with people around the city, with people that I see, the love they have for the football club. I’d love to return that love with a trophy."

Erik ten Hag restored feel-good factor at Manchester United, Luke Shaw says

14:00 , Michael Jones

Luke Shaw says Erik ten Hag has brought the feel-good factor back to Old Trafford as Manchester United attempt to end their six-year wait for a trophy in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.

The Old Trafford giants are synonymous with success and silverware, but things have gone awry since Sir Alex Ferguson bowed out on top in 2013.

United’s only major trophies since then have been the 2016 FA Cup and the following year’s EFL Cup and Europa League successes, with the club currently on their worst trophy drought in 40 years.

Ending that wait looked a long way away last season as the ragged, rudderless Red Devils stumbled home with their lowest Premier League points tally having been knocked out of every cup by mid-March.

Erik ten Hag restored feel-good factor at Manchester United, says Luke Shaw

Shaw on competing for trophies

13:55 , Michael Jones

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw says that competing for trophies once again is ‘everything’ especially after the years of rebuilding and missing out.

"For the position we have been in over the past years and the feeling we have inside the dressing room, it means everything," said Shaw.

"It has been such a long time since we have won a trophy. People will say it is the Carabao Cup but for us, it is massive. It is something we have been aiming for a long time; to get that winning feeling back, that feeling of winning trophies."

Man Utd’s dangerman

13:50 , Michael Jones

Having overcome injuries and a massive dip in form last year, Marcus Rashford is back with a bang for Manchester United. He has been in red-hot form this season netting a career-best 24 goals so far.

No player in Europe’s top-five leagues has more goals than him since the World Cup break.

"Football is probably 95% your mentality," Rashford said. "That gives you the baseline to perform. There are a lot of players that have ability - that’s why they play at the top level. But what sets them apart is the mentality.

"I’ve been on both sides of it. I understand the strength of it and the value. I’m concentrating a lot more on keeping myself in that headspace and it’s needed in order to win games and trophies."

What the Carabao Cup final says about the sorry state of English football

13:45 , Michael Jones

For a trophy that has often struggled for its place in the game, the League Cup this year says a lot about where English football is. Its final has not had such importance in a long time.

Most immediately, a resurgent Manchester United are aiming for their first silverware in six years, a victory that would serve as a signpost for the improvement under Erik ten Hag. There is a rare excitement around the club again, as could be best seen after that Europa League win over Barcelona.

Newcastle United are waiting far longer, which makes their anticipation for this final all the greater. The club have not won any major trophy since 1955 and, unlike so many opportunities since then, the combative nature of Eddie Howe’s team ensures they do not feel like they go into this as underdogs who are dreaming rather than hope. They view it as a potential signpost in their own rise.

What the Carabao Cup final says about the sorry state of English football

Man Utd vs Newcastle

13:40 , Michael Jones

Newcastle will be attempting to win their first major trophy in almost 54 years, with their most recent coming in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969.

On the domestic front they last reached a final in the 1999 FA Cup were they beaten 2-0 by Manchester United.

Will history repeat itself or can Eddie Howe’s men upset the odds?

How successful will Ten Hag’s first season be?

13:35 , Michael Jones

Manchester United are the only team to still be competing on four fronts this season and could win a first piece of silverware by defeating Newcastle in the Carabao Cup today.

The Red Devils, who are in with a chance of lifting the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League as well, have not won a trophy since 2016/17 when they claimed the EFL Cup and the Europa League under former boss Jose Mourinho.

Will Erik ten Hag’s first season in charge also bring league and cup trophies back to Old Trafford?

What happened in the semi-finals?

13:30 , Michael Jones

Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United side thrashed Nottingham Forest 5-0 on aggregate over two legs in the semi-finals and never looked like losing that tie. It was a comfortable victory and cemeted their role as favourites to go on and win the competition.

Eddie Howe’s Newcastle team reached their first domestic final since 1999 with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Southampton. The Magpies edged the first leg 1-0 away from home after squandering plenty of chances before taking a 2-0 lead at St. James’ Park (3-0 on aggregate).

Che Adams clawed one back for the Saints which caused a few nervous moments for Newcastle - including Bruno Guimaraes getting sent off - but Howe’s men closed out the match and confirmed their place at Wembley.

Newcastle fans take over Trafalgar Square ahead of Carabao Cup final

13:25 , Michael Jones

Newcastle United supporters have gathered in central London’s Trafalgar Square ahead of the Carabao Cup final against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

Fans of the Magpies have travelled down from the North East in large numbers for the match, their first appearance in the final of a major cup since losing 2-0 to United in the 1998/99 FA Cup final.

The 32,761 tickets allocated to the club at the 90,000-seater Wembley Stadium sold out within a week and the travelling fans have wasted no time getting acquainted with the capital.

Supporters congregated in Trafalgar Square as the sun set, singing terrace chants together, drinking cans of beer and letting off smoke bombs in the club’s black and white colours.

Newcastle fans take over Trafalgar Square ahead of Carabao Cup final

Newcastle United fans gather in Trafalgar Square ahead of Carabao Cup final

13:20 , Michael Jones

Watch as Newcastle United fans flock to London and gather in Trafalgar Square ahead of the Carabao Cup final this afternoon.

Man Utd vs Newcastle latest odds

13:15 , Michael Jones

Odds (result in 90 mins)

Manchester United: 11/10

Draw: 23/10

Newcastle: 13/5

Man Utd vs Newcastle predicted line-ups

13:10 , Michael Jones

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Antony, Fernandes, Sancho; Rashford

Newcastle United XI: Karius; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Longstaff, Guimaraes, Joelinton; Almiron, Wilson, Saint-Maximin

What is the early team news?

13:05 , Michael Jones

Manchester United talisman Marcus Rashford faces a race against time to be fit after limping out Thursday’s clash with Barcelona, while the Red Devils will also be without Christian Eriksen, Donny van de Beek and likely Anthony Martial, who has a hip problem.

Antony and Harry Maguire shook off their knocks to return for the Barca game and the former may be preferred to Wout Weghorst, while Jadon Sancho is also pushing for a start.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have something of a goalkeeper crisis as undisputed No 1 Nick Pope is suspended after his ludicrous red card against Liverpool and his backup - ex-Man United loanee Martin Dubravka - is cup-tied. That means the much-maligned Loris Karius will seek cup final redemption after his horrendous 2018 Champions League final display for Liverpool.

On a brighter note, Bruno Guimaraes has served his domestic suspension and can return, while Joelinton and Joe Willock are aiming to shake off thigh concerns, although Anthony Gordon is cup-tied.

How to watch the Carabao Cup final

13:00 , Michael Jones

The match will kick off at 4.30pm GMT on Sunday 26th February. It will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.

If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

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Carabao Cup final

11:01 , Michael Jones

Hello and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of today’s Carabao Cup final which sees Manchester United take on Newcastle at Wembley. Kick off for this crunch match is at 4.30pm and there’s plenty to talk about before the action gets underway.

This trophy represents something bigger for both teams.

After the Saudi takeover of Newcastle, manager Eddie Howe has done a fantastic job of bringing success to the club. First he comfortably kept them in the Premier League before kicking on this season and challenging for the top four. Winning the league cup today would be a crowing achievement and Howe’s name would be permanently written into the history and folklore of Newcastle United.

Erik ten Hag is doing a similar job for Manchester United. After a few lean years and some false starts trying to rebuild the team, the Dutchman seems to have cracked the code. United’s triumph over Barcelona in the Europa League play-offs was their biggest scalp under Ten Hag who himself overcame a rocky start to get the Red Devils competing on four fronts. They’re hovering on the edge of a Premier League title race, still in FA Cup, through to the Europa League last-16 and have the chance to win the Carabao Cup this afternoon.

The Red Devils have not lifted silverware since Jose Mourinho led them to a Europa League triumph in 2017 but the prospects of winning a trophy this year seems strong under Ten Hag. Standing in their way are Newcastle who have been waiting 68 years for another domestic cup triumph.

Either way the story of the victorious team today will be a good one but who will lift the Carabao Cup?