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Manchester United have won their first trophy under manager Erik ten Hag, beating Newcastle United 2-0 at Wembley to lift the Carabao Cup.

United’s goals came from their Brazilian midfielder, Casemiro, and an own goal from the Magpies’ Sven Botman.

Both came in the first half.

Casemiro headed home a Luke Shaw free-kick before Botman deflected a Marcus Rashford strike over Newcastle keeper Loris Karius.

Former Man Utd captain Roy Keane, working for Sky Sports, said Newcastle had “done very, very well”, but Man Utd had been “efficient”.

“This is top-level sport,” Keane said, adding that it was “hopefully the start of the good days coming back to United”.

It is the Red Devils’ first silverware since they won the Europa League in 2017 under José Mourinho.

It means United have now ended their longest trophy drought in 40 years.

Newcastle’s last trophy was the FA Cup, which they won in 1955.

Sunday’s match was their first appearance in a major final since 1999, with their results having undergone a dramatic improvement under manager Eddie Howe following a Saudi Arabia-led takeover.

Howe said he had “no complaints with how we played”, adding that “football can be cruel”.

“I’m sorry we couldn’t deliver for the fans today,” he said.

United midfielder Bruno Fernandes said the victory was an “amazing feeling” and the team had been “searching for this moment – us, the fans, the club”.

He added: “Finally we get our trophy. We deserve it. It’s not enough for this club – we want more and we need more because our standards deserve more.”

Rashford said: “If we want to win things, we have to keep pushing.”

United are still in the FA Cup and the Europa League and are third in the Premier League.

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Sky Sports’ Gary Neville, another former United captain, said ten Hag had “transformed a team from whiners into winners”.

He commented: “What a job Erik ten Hag has done. They have a spirit and a fight. There is a real chance of winning trophies beyond this.

“He makes good decisions in matches – his subs were critical in making sure they saw this game out. It’s been a brilliant last few months.”

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