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Carabao Cup 2022-23: Manchester United vs Newcastle United: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :February 24, 2023 at 9:44 PM
Modified at :February 24, 2023 at 10:29 PM
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The final will take place at the iconic Wembley stadium.

Manchester United and Newcastle United will lock horns in the final match of the 63rd edition of the EFL Cup/Carabao Cup on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London. It is going to be a fantastic contest between two teams that are enjoying fruitful campaigns in the Premier League too. A chance of lifting a trophy makes the game one of the most important fixtures of the season for both outfits.

Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United eliminated FC Barcelona over two legs in the UEFA Europa League recently. The club is sitting comfortably in third position on the Premier League table and is the favourite to end their trophy draught after the final. As for Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United, the 2022-23 campaign has been revolutionary. The club is pushing for a top-four finish in the league and could lift the EFL Cup for the first time ever.

Here is what to expect from the fixture:

Kick-off

Sunday, 26-02-2023; 16:30 UTC, 10:00 PM IST at Wembley Stadium.

Form

Manchester United (all competitions): D-W-D-W-W

Newcastle United (all competitions): W-W-D-D-L

Player to Watch

Marcus Rasford (Manchester United)

Marcus Rashford is in red-hot form this season. The Englishman has 24 goals already which is his best tally of goals in a single campaign. He is the club’s leading goalscorer this season in all competitions. He is also the leading goalscorer in the EFL Cup with five strikes to his name. If NUFC allows him space to run into, then Rashford will easily find the back of the net. He is one to watch out for with players like Bruno Fernandes providing quality service.

Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle United)

Bruno Guimaraes will be back for Newcastle United for the final despite seeing a red card in the semi-final. The midfielder has four goals and three assists in all competitions for the Magpies. He is the midfield maestro for NUFC who can create scoring chances for the strikers upfront. It will be an intense battle in midfield and Guimaraes will be key for his team.

Match Facts

  • Manchester United has won the League Cup (EFL Cup) a total of five times in the past.
  • The last time MUFC won a domestic trophy was in 2016-17, which was the League Cup itself.
  • Wembley stadium can hold up to 90,000 spectators, making it the largest sports venue in the United Kingdom.  

Injuries and Team News

Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek and Christian Eriksen are injured and won’t be available for selection for Manchester United.

Newcastle United will miss Nick Pope who got a red card in the Premier League; the suspension carries over to all domestic competitions. Matty Longstaff also misses out due to a knee injury. 

Also Read: Top 10 greatest matches between Manchester United and Newcastle United

Head to Head

Total Matches (all competitions): 117

Manchester United wins: 63

Newcastle United wins: 20

Draws: 34

Predicted Lineup

Manchester United predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):

De Gea(GK); Dalot, Martinez, Varane, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Fernandes, Sancho, Antony; Rashford

Newcastle United predicted lineup (4-3-3):

Karius (GK); Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Longstaff, Joelinton, Anderson; Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Isak

Prediction

Manchester United has more momentum heading into the fixture after winning their last two matches in the Premier League and the UEFA Europa League respectively. However, fatigue could become an issue after playing in the midweek and Newcastle United will aim to take advantage of the situation. A final is surely going to throw a lot of surprises as it usually does.

Prediction: Manchester United 3 - 1 Newcastle United

Telecast

India: FanCode

UK: Sky Sports

USA: ESPN+

Nigeria: Supersport

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