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Manchester United 2-0 Newcastle United: Player ratings as Red Devils win Carabao Cup

Manchester United defeated Newcastle United with two first-half goals to win the Carabao Cup today.

The first opportunity of the game came for Erik ten Hag’s side when the ball fell kindly for Wout Weghorst in the box. However, the Dutchman could only fire straight at Loris Karius.

Down the other end, Newcastle created a couple of chances for themselves. Fabian Schar headed over from Kieran Trippier’s cross, and Allan Saint-Maximim had a shot well saved by David de Gea from a tight angle after some excellent footwork.

The breakthrough came shortly afterwards, and it was the Red Devils who got it. Luke Shaw swung in a free kick, and Casemiro was there to glance it in. VAR checked for offside but ruled that the Brazilian was just on.

Man United soon doubled their advantage. Weghorst fed Marcus Rashford, whose effort took a huge deflection off Sven Botman and looped in over Karius. The effort was later ruled an own goal.

Before the break, both sides had opportunities to add to the scoreline. First, Dan Burn got his head on Trippier’s cross but could only direct it wide.

Down the other end, Weghorst lined up a shot after a quick counter-attack but was well denied by Karius. The half-time whistle went seconds later.

The Magpies came out after the break fired up and piled the pressure on to find a way back into the game. Joelinton twice came close, but his efforts were blocked by Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Lisandro Martinez.

As the clock ticked towards the final whistle, Newcastle once again almost halved the deficit through second-half substitute Jacob Murphy. He struck one from distance, which bent narrowly wide.

Meanwhile, Man Utd offered plenty of threat on the break. Rashford had a shot well saved by Karius, and the German was again at his best to deny Bruno Fernandes. But there wasn’t to be another goal, sealing a 2-0 victory for the Red Devils.

The win gives Man Utd their first trophy since 2017. As for Newcastle, their wait for a major honour goes back to 1955.

Manchester United

David de Gea (7/10) – Looked fairly confident in goal. Not often required to make a save.

Diogo Dalot (5/10) – Sometimes struggled against Saint-Maximin. Substituted at half time.

Raphael Varane (8/10) – Let very little past him all afternoon. Rock solid.

Lisandro Martinez (8/10) – Dealt with the threat of Wilson well. Earned his clean sheet.

Luke Shaw (8/10) – Kept Almiron very quiet. Put in a brilliant cross for the opener.

Casemiro (9/10) *MOTM* – Once again the key man for Man Utd. Opened the scoring and controlled things in midfield.

Fred (7/10) – Had a very bright first half. Quieter after the break.

Antony (6/10) – Sometimes made things difficult for Burn. Faded as the game went on.

Bruno Fernandes (6/10) – Drifted in and out of the game. Had a late chance well saved.

Marcus Rashford (7/10) – Contributed to both goals. Provided a threat on the counter.

Wout Weghorst (7/10) – Battled physically and linked up well. Played his part in the second goal.


Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7/10)

Marcel Sabitzer (6/10)

Scott McTominay (6/10)

Jadon Sancho (NA/10)

Harry Maguire (NA/10)

Newcastle United

Loris Karius (7/10) – Arguably should have done better for the second goal. Recovered well with several impressive saves.

Kieran Trippier (7/10) – Often Newcastle’s biggest threat down the right. Put in some dangerous crosses.

Fabian Schar (5/10) – Struggled sometimes against Weghorst. Decent on the ball.

Sven Botman (6/10) – Unlucky for the own goal. Had a reasonably solid game.

Dan Burn (5/10) – Often couldn’t deal with Antony. Offered very little going forward.

Sean Longstaff (5/10) – Found things difficult in midfield. Substituted at half time.

Bruno Guimaraes (6/10) – Picked up an early injury which made things tough for him. Still showed glimpses of his quality.

Joelinton (5/10) – Worked hard but couldn’t maintain control in midfield.

Miguel Almiron (4/10) – Very quiet. Difficult to remember him doing anything.

Callum Wilson (5/10) – Battled hard, but couldn’t get the better of Martinez and Varane.

Allan Saint-Maximin (5/10) – Looked threatening, but end product was underwhelming.


Alexander Isak (5/10)

Jacob Murphy (6/10)

Joe Willock (5/10)

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