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Five things learned as Manchester United win Carabao Cup final 2-0 vs Newcastle



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Manchester United have ended their five-and-a-half-year trophy drought after winning 2-0 against Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final.

It was a brilliant night for the club and the first trophy under Erik ten Hag. Here are five things that we learned during the final.

The drought has ended

Manchester United have now won their first trophy in five and a half years, and the first of the Erik ten Hag era.

It was the first trophy available to win and United did exactly that. This will be crucial in the development of this team and will hopefully push them on to win bigger things under the Dutch manager.

It might only be the Carabao Cup, but this is big for a club that has been without the joy of silverware for too many years.

Casemiro showed his class and experience

Casemiro’s experience was always going to be vital in this game and the Brazilian did not disappoint. He scored the opening goal with a brilliant header and marshalled the midfield expertly.

Despite having so many trophies to his name, the midfielder played with the hunger like it was his first final. After winning a goal-kick late in the first half he celebrated it like a goal in front of the United fans.

The Reds were under pressure for sustained periods of the game and the experience of the 31-year-old helped them get over the line.

Give Luke Shaw his flowers

This is a player that has dealt with so many problems in his career at Old Trafford but under Ten Hag, he’s been one of the standouts. His whipped free-kick delivery for the opening goal was the quality expected from the left-back.

He is now a consistent performer for United and has earned his first trophy as a starter in the final. Luke Shaw deserves his flowers.

Some scrappiness, but a great defensive performance

United were not in control of this fixture despite winning comfortably in regard to the scoreline. Newcastle put a lot of pressure on the United defensive line but they stood extremely strong.

Whether it was putting a head where it hurts, closing down intensely or doubling up on an attacking player, United did absolutely everything they could to ensure that they kept the clean sheet.

Considering it was just three days ago when The Reds won against Barcelona, it was expected that United would not have it all their own way at Wembley. But they dealt with the pressure in the hardest situation. That’s an example of a team that is desperate to win.

The message is STILL clear

The message from Manchester United fans is still absolutely clear. They want the Glazer family out of their club.

Avram Glazer was present at Wembley and despite being in the lead from the early stages of the game, fans would continue to chant against the ownership until the last minutes of the game.