Manchester United have the chance to end a six-year trophy drought as they take on Newcastle United in the League cup final at Wembley.
Competition: Carabao Cup
Kick Off: 16:30 UK Time
TV Channel: Sky Sports
How do Manchester United look?
The good feeling has returned to Old Trafford. United look resilient, passionate and genuinely likeable, something that the Reds have lacked in recent years. The camaraderie was most evident as the Reds put Barcelona to the sword in midweek.
The air of inevitability around United’s comeback on Thursday night shows how far United have come. Going a goal down thanks to a dubious penalty decision didn’t trouble Ten Hag’s side who came out for the second half, flying outside the box. The introduction of Antony was the big catalyst to the impetus United had. United could use some of that game-changeability at Wembley.
United will take a strong squad to Wembley, with Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek and Christian Eriksen the absentees. Marcus Rashford’s cryptic Instagram story suggested that he picked up a knock in midweek. However, nerves should be put to bed as Rashford is travelling with the squad to the Capital.
Opposition: Newcastle United
Speaking to any Newcastle fans, this seems like more of a grudge match as the Toon Army will look to fight for rights to be the “United”, and not just the trophy.
This season though, the United spirit of Newcastle has been exemplary. Buoyed by their new ownership and Eddie Howe’s genius, the side in black and white have been much improved this season seemingly in the hunt for a European finish. However, their recent form has been uninspiring as Newcastle have struggled to score goals, especially in the absence of Bruno Guimaraes. Talking of the Magpie, the Brazilian will be back in contention after serving a three-game ban after being sent off vs Southampton.
Manchester United have the opportunity to end a six-year trophy drought. The previous trophy United picked up was in 2017, as Jose Mourinho led his side to a Europa League title.
Newcastle United are without a trophy in 68 years.
The United in red have to be fatigued, playing as many games as Ten Hag’s men have in the last fortnight has to take a toll. As a result of that and Newcastle’s inability to find the net in recent games, the game could be far from a spectacle. However, United do have the ability to win games in moments when they aren’t playing well, and we are likely to see a familiar pattern.
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