Manchester United take on Newcastle United in the final of this season’s Carabao Cup on Sunday as both teams aim to lift their first silverware after a long gap in their own respective clubs’ histories.
Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils come into this game after knocking Barcelona out of the Europa League this week, while Eddie Howe is aiming to become the first man since Doug Livingstone in 1955 to win a major trophy for the Magpies.
Here’s BestofBets‘ preview of this mammoth clash!
Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London
Date: Sunday 26 February
Kick-off Time: 16:30 GMT / 11:30 ET / 08:30 PT
Referee: David Coote VAR: Peter Bankes
Head to Head in the last 5 games:
Manchester United – 3 wins
Newcastle – 0 wins
Draws – 2
Current form in the last 5 games:
Manchester United – DWDWW
Newcastle – WWDDL
Where to watch Manchester United vs Newcastle United on TV and live stream in the UK?
TV Channel – Sky Sports Main Event
Live Stream – Sky Sports Football
Manchester United team news:
The Red Devils are thought to be sweating over Marcus Rashford’s ankle injury that he picked up towards the end of their Old Trafford clash against Barcelona. However, we think he will overcome these issues to help Manchester United in a big final. Anthony Martial, Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek are still out of action.
Manchester United predicted XI vs Newcastle United:
De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Antony, Fernandes, Sancho; Rashford.
Newcastle United team news:
The biggest piece of team news is that of Nick Pope missing the final due to suspension, meaning Loris Karius will make his first appearance for the club. Willock, Joelinton and Targett face a late fitness test to prove their standing in the starting XI.
Newcastle United predicted XI vs Manchester United:
Karius; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Guimaraes, Longstaff, Willock; Almiron, Wilson, Joelinton
Manchester United vs Newcastle United final prediction:
Newcastle United were looking in a great position to secure a top four spot this season, but have started to show signs of wearing out in the last few weeks. In the same amount of time, Manchester United have shown their resilience and winning mentality, much recently by their win against Barcelona in the Europa League.
However, we feel this game entirely depends on Marcus Rashford and if he is fit, we predict the Red Devils to win by a scoreline 3-1.
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