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Man United win EFL Cup to end six years of trophy wait

Manchester United defeated Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley to win their first trophy since 2017.

After two goals in the first half gave Manchester United the upper hand and put them on their path to their first victory under manager Erik ten Hag, Newcastle’s trophy drought, which dates back to 1955, continues.

At 33 minutes, Casemiro scored as he headed in a free kick from Luke Shaw.

Sven Botman’s deflection of Marcus Rashford’s shot past Newcastle goalkeeper Loris Karius, who was filling in for the banned Nick Pope, allowed United to increase their lead.

Newcastle tried to fight back in the second half, but Eddie Howe’s team’s scoring dried up at the worst time.

It indicated that Manchester United had achieved victory again, six years after winning the Europa League under Jose Mourinho and this competition in the same season.

United starts transformation under Ten Hag with the trophy

With the potential to add more trophies this season, United’s resurgence under Ten Hag has already yielded a visible reward in the form of a trophy.

Since their disastrous start to the season, when they lost at home to Brighton and conceded four goals in the first half of a humiliating loss at Brentford, the Dutchman’s strong leadership and technical knowledge have improved them.

The illustrious Casemiro’s arrival, the fierce Lisandro Martinez’s exceptional growth, and Rashford’s resurgence have all contributed to the Old Trafford team once more being taken seriously.

Even though they weren’t at their best, they wouldn’t let Newcastle back in once they took control of the final, and the job was successfully completed.

Casemiro, a signing that had a truly transformative impact, was at the centre of it all. By scoring the game’s first goal, the Brazilian made an essential contribution and left his years of trophy-winning Real Madrid expertise all over this grand finale with his exquisite positioning and dominance.

Also, it will strengthen the notion that Ten Hag is the coach who can lead Manchester United out of the wilderness they were in before he was appointed manager at the beginning of the season.

Bruno Fernandes: Carabao Cup success ‘not enough for Man Utd

Casemiro’s header and Sven Botman’s own goal gave the team a 2-0 victory, continuing their impressive play this season and adding a trophy to their trophy case. According to Red Devils playmaker Fernandes, Erik Ten Hag’s rampant side is willing to continue.

After the game, Fernandes told Sky Sports, “It’s a great feeling. We have been looking forward to this time. We collectively, the supporters and clubs, finally receive our trophy, which I believe is well-deserved.” 

“It’s been an incredible time, and we’ve already won the first trophy of the year, but we still want more; this club needs more because our standards require it.” 

“I wanted to take home trophies, and ultimately, we succeeded. I’m content, but I still desire more.”

Ten Hag warns Man United players there is no room for laziness

Victorious Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, advised his team that if they want to build on winning the club’s first title in six years, they cannot afford to become “lazy.”

Ten Hag said: “It does. It shows something, silverware, that you are on a good road and in a good direction.” 

“Even if it’s only one cup and it’s February, it shows that we’re moving on the right path. This must be the source of inspiration and the driving force for continued progress.”

“Alright, be happy for 24 hours, but don’t be pleased because being satisfied causes sloth, and when you become lazy, you can’t collect trophies or win additional games.”

Ten Hag responded, “Yes, certainly,” when asked if it provided a foundation for them to build on.

“We don’t just wish for it; we know it’s worth investing, suffering and making sacrifices, and you must give your everyday best to rejoice.”

“Glory and honour are all about, so if you want to win or prove something, you must do it. Otherwise, top-level football is where no one is bringing anything.”

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