Man Utd conquers the League Cup
Deserving a final match, both Man Utd and Newcastle displayed their best gameplay. As a result, the intense match at Wembley was very exciting.
Man Utd was hoping for their first title in six years, but Newcastle, their fans had been waiting for a domestic title for 68 years. Therefore, both teams entered the game with high determination.
In this match, Coach Ten Hag fielded the best team that Man Utd currently has. On the other hand, in the opposing team, Coach Eddie Howe had to use their third-choice goalkeeper Karius. However, in other positions, the Magpies also had their best personnel.
With an attacking-oriented lineup, Man Utd was the proactive team at the start. After missing some opportunities, in the 33rd minute, the Red Devils took the lead with a perfectly organized free-kick. Shaw delivered a cross at the right height, and Casemiro’s diving header was extremely accurate. VAR confirmed that it was a valid goal from the Brazilian midfielder.
Not stopping there, just 6 minutes later, Man Utd increased their lead. Receiving the ball from Weghorst, Rashford ran down and took a shot. The English forward’s strike hit Botman’s foot, making the ball’s trajectory too difficult for goalkeeper Karius to save. Thanks to this, Man Utd had a 2-goal advantage after the first half of the League Cup final.
After the break, Man Utd slowed down the game and played more defensively. A series of personnel and tactical adjustments from Coach Ten Hag helped to enhance the Red Devils’ defensive ability. Meanwhile, despite making every effort to attack, Newcastle lacked the finesse to break through their opponent’s defense.
The 2-0 scoreline remained until the end of the match, giving Man Utd their first League Cup title in six years. This ends their drought of titles since 2017.
As the final whistle blew at Wembley Stadium, Ten Hag, and goalkeeper David De Gea made history for Man Utd. Ten Hag became the first Dutch coach to win the English League Cup, following in the footsteps of fellow Dutchman Louis Van Gaal who led the club to the FA Cup title in 2016. Ruud Gullit (1997) and Guus Hiddink (2009) also won the FA Cup as managers but with Chelsea.
David De Gea surpassed Peter Schmeichel to become the player with the most clean sheets in MU’s history. Specifically, the Spanish goalkeeper has made 522 appearances, keeping a clean sheet 181 times, which is more than Peter Schmeichel.
MU has participated in the League Cup final 10 times, and this is the 6th time they have won. To achieve their 6th title, the “Red Devils” needed the bravery of midfielder Casemiro. He was awarded the Man of the Match in the League Cup final between MU and Newcastle.
The Brazilian midfielder was the one who scored the crucial header in the 33rd minute to help MU take the lead. In addition, he also had 5 successful tackles, and many successful blocks, and contributed greatly to the clean sheet record of the “Red Devils”.
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