Manchester United defeated Newcastle 2-0 in the League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday to earn their first major trophy in six years.
Casemiro’s header and a Sven Botman own goal helped Erik ten Hag’s team take the lead at halftime, and they held on despite pressure from Newcastle in the second half.
Manchester United’s first trophy since 2017, when they won the League Cup and Europa League under Jose Mourinho, was fair compensation for a mature performance that highlighted the Dutchman Ten Hag’s outstanding work since his transfer from Ajax last year.
On the basis of Ten Hag’s ground-breaking debut season, United’s sixth League Cup victory celebrations may have been the first of many trophy parades.
We succeeded in winning the first game today, according to Ten Hag.
“This gives us a lot of motivation and boosts our self-assurance that we can accomplish it.”
The process of getting Manchester United back to winning trophies is still in its early stages.
In addition to finishing third in the Premier League, United faces West Ham in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Wednesday, and Real Betis in the round of 16 of the Europa League in March.
Manchester United is now emerging from one of the darkest periods in the club’s historic history after spending ten years in the wilderness following Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, the year he helped them win their final Premier League championship.
Last season, United ended a pitiful sixth in the Premier League, but Ten Hag has quickly orchestrated their comeback to prominence.
It seemed appropriate that Ten Hag’s first prize win with United occurred after he recently had dinner with Ferguson and when the Scot was there in the Wembley stands.
There is no guarantee of future success, but the stoic Ten Hag seems to be able to thrive in the relentless Old Trafford spotlight despite ending United’s worst trophy drought in 40 years.
After witnessing what might be the beginning of a golden era, United co-chairman Avram Glazer, who is attending his first game since announcing in November that his family is evaluating offers for the club, may decide against selling.
Newcastle can anticipate participating in additional championship contests in the near future, despite failing to win their first significant trophy since the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.