By Razeen Gutta
Manchester United put an end to their six-year trophy drought as the Erik Ten Hag era truly got underway with a 2-0 Carabao Cup win over Newcastle United at Wembley on Sunday.
On a weekend where last season’s Carabao Cup finalists Liverpool and Chelsea struggled — with the latter defeated in a London derby at Tottenham Hotspur — all eyes were on two teams rising above their weight this season: Manchester United and Newcastle.
The Magpies find themselves fifth in the Premier League, realistically challenging for a Uefa Champions League place for the first time in two decades.
The Red Devils, on the other hand, have failed to mount a successful Premier League title challenge since 2012, and under Ten Hag this year, some will say there is an outside chance as they linger in third place, eight points off the leaders.
Sunday was a chance for both sides to get their hands on some early season silverware before the final few months of league action. And Manchester United would rise to the occasion.
Despite keeping little of the ball over the course of the 90 minutes, United got two first half goals to build a platform for the remainder of the game.
After the half hour mark, Casemiro found the back of the net from a Luke Shaw corner and five minutes later, Marcus Rashford beat Loris Karius via a deflection to make it 2-0.
Newcastle forced some late saves from David de Gea, but the Red Devils saw the game out and left Wembley with their sixth EFL Cup title.
Pictured above: Erik Ten Hag and Manchester United lift the Carabao Cup
Image source: @manutd