London, Feb 27 (BNA): Manchester United crushed Newcastle United’s hopes of winning their first domestic trophy in nearly 70 years with a 2-0 victory in the League Cup Final at Wembley.
A Casemiro header followed by a Sven Putman own goal late in the first half silenced the legions of Newcastle fans who flocked to the capital full of optimism as Manchester United went on to lift the trophy for a sixth time with relative ease, Reuters reports. .
Much of the buildup has been around Newcastle’s first appearance in a major final since 1999 and an uptick in their fortunes instigated by Eddie Howe since the 2021 takeover.
But United’s fledgling side under Eric ten Hag showed them how far they still needed to go as they won the club’s first trophy since winning the Europa League under Jose Mourinho in 2017 – their longest wait for silverware since 1983.
Bruno Fernandes, who was denied a third goal in stoppage time, said.
“For me it was about winning titles and finally we did it. I’m satisfied but I want more. I want more.”
There was little between the two sides in a poor first half, but the Premier League titles of the English season were effectively decided within six minutes before half-time.
And Newcastle was surprised when Brazilian Casemiro met with a wonderful free kick by Luke Shaw in the 33rd minute, bypassing Loris Karius, who allowed him to stand after examining the video assistant referee for offside.
Six minutes later, Newcastle emerged utterly doomed when the in-form Marcus Rashford played down the left and his shot rebounded over a helpless Karius for what initially appeared to be his 17th goal since the World Cup.
However, he was credited to the unfortunate Butman.
Kicking towards their fans in the second half, Newcastle encouraged themselves to play and brought United back who looked tall at times, but they rarely looked like they were scoring.
Newcastle fans, who made a sea of black and white with plastic flags on the west side of the stadium during the closing minutes, cheered ahead of the presentation.
The Tyneside club have now lost each of their last nine matches at Wembley, a run that began in the 1974 FA Cup Final.
Instead the arena was left to United whose fans were in full voice as Bruno Fernandes lifted what they hope will be the first of many under Dutchman Ten Hag whose first season is going from strength to strength after some difficult early days.
United, who beat Barcelona in midweek to reach the last 16 of the Europa League and are still in contention for the Premier League title, were not at their best but expertly managed the game once they got their noses up.
They had a much greater threat than goals and Wout Weghorst took a chance when he fired well at Karius, Newcastle’s third choice who put in an impressive performance in his first competitive game for any club since 2021.
Newcastle were full of energy early on with Alain Saint-Maximin dangerous whenever he got the ball.
But Newcastle’s lack of goals in recent months was evident as they were tense and relaxed.
Joelinton headed in one chance and a Dan Byrne header headed the whistle in the first half but at that point the writing was on the wall of a familiar tale of woe.
“There are no complaints about the way we played, obviously the result doesn’t indicate that and here football can be brutal,” Newcastle manager Howe said.
“I’m sorry we weren’t able to help the fans today.”