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Carabao Cup Final Manchester Utd vs Newcastle
- Updated: February 26, 2023
Manchester United will aim to end their six-year trophy drought when Erik ten Hag’s resurgent side face Newcastle in the League Cup final, while the Magpies’ Saudi-funded revolution could produce the club’s first major prize since 1969.
Man Utd is hoping the championship game at Wembley on Sunday can be the long-awaited revival for the underachieving members of English football’s nobility in recent years.
However, Newcastle believes the final can serve as conclusive evidence that they are now a force to be reckoned with. Newcastle is relishing their role as nouveau riche irritants to the Premier League’s established powers.
Manchester United have not won a major trophy since the 2017 Europa League, a prize they claimed just weeks after beating Southampton in their most recent League Cup final appearance.
As if their longest trophy drought for 40 years was not bad enough, United also suffered the indignity of watching bitter rivals Manchester City surpass them as England’s pre-eminent football force.
United, who last won the title in 2013, finished a dismal sixth in the Premier League last term.
But after a decade in the wilderness, they have been revived by ten Hag since his arrival from Ajax last year.
Ten Hag has tried to temper expectations in his first season but he knows victory this weekend would be a meaningful moment for a club climbing out of the doldrums.
Source: Al Jazeera