Carabao Cup hits and misses: Newcastle celebrate and Marcus Rashford continues to make Man United jealous | Football news
Burn Up Baby Burn Up – Disco Inferno!
A cool finish. End of Gallowgate. Knee slip. This locker room dance.
It was a night Dan Byrne will never forget.
It was indeed Newcastle who ended years of suffering in the fan base when it came to the cup competition. A club of their size can boast a trophy legacy far beyond the stands in the history books. Bern’s goal sent them into their first semi-final since 2005 and made it seven consecutive League Cup quarter-final defeats.
He said of his goal: “I was sitting in the East Stand thinking about scoring that goal in front of the Gallowgate end – my family is in that corner so it was amazing. I prefer to play the position of bombing you. It must be interesting to see a guy my size running down that track.
As Eddie Howe says, Burn moves very well for a big man – on and off the dance floor.
He has also deserved this moment since his arrival from Brighton last January. With such wealth at Newcastle’s disposal, few, even himself, thought he would become a mainstay in defence, particularly at left-back. However, he has started 33 of 34 Premier League games since his debut in February. Newcastle have averaged two points a game with him and boast the best defense in the Premier League this season.
Burns is an important part of the unit, but despite its huge consistency, has gone largely unrecognized outside of Tyneside. He may not be your orthodox left-back, but he doesn’t get much better than Newcastle’s hometown hero.
Rodgers needs support if he is to have a chance to revive Leicester
“I think I’m a decent manager, but I’m not a magician,” Brendan Rodgers said after Leicester’s defeat at Newcastle. “If you look at our net spending since I’ve been here, it’s about £10m in three-and-a-half years.”
He wasn’t wrong. There was fatigue in Leicester at St James’ Park, which suggests they are a side that has run its course and needs some refreshing. Since the reboot, James Maddison has not emphasized how dependent they are on him and age seems to have caught up with Jamie Vardy this season.
For a long time, he was Leicester’s talisman and reliable goalscorer, but at 2-0 down, the substitute missed two great chances and struggled to get his team back into the draw. He turns 36 this week and Patson Daka’s 64th-minute performance suggests he is still looking for a replacement.
There is work to be done for Rodgers and he will need support if he is to return the Foxes to the type of threat they were a few seasons ago.
Ten Hag has proved Guardiola right as the rebuild gathers pace
Manchester United fans will mark the date in their diaries as their team’s revival under Erik Ten Hag continues to gain momentum. It may be early, especially with Manchester City still in the competition, but it will take a brave man to challenge United, who will win the Carabao Cup next month.
They may have only beaten 12th-placed Charlton in the third tier of English football, but it’s now eight wins in a row in all competitions for Ten Haag’s side. That’s nine wins in a row at Old Trafford. Unexpectedly, United have been alive in recent weeks in training for the Premier League title and three cup competitions.
Ten Haag won six trophies with Ajax, including three Eredivisie titles. But leading United to Carabao Cup glory in his debut campaign would be one of his greatest achievements and should not be underestimated. This is perhaps the most important catalyst for silverware. It was Pep Guardiola’s first honor as Manchester City manager. Since then, he has won eight more.
Success at Wembley would strengthen Ten Hag’s hand and serve as a reminder of what he has achieved since taking charge of United last summer. His win rate is an impressive 74% after 27 games – better than Guardiola’s after the same number of games for City – and that’s despite losing their first two games in August against Ten Hag. He made some big calls during his short reign. So far, they’ve been vindicated.
There is still a long way to go in this unprecedented season, but under the meticulous and no-nonsense Dutchman, United look capable of ending their six-year trophy drought.
“United will come back,” Guardiola said in October. After a run of 15 wins in 18 games since the 6-3 defeat at the Etihad, Ten Haag will have his former team-mate’s reason.
Saturday’s Premier League clash between the two Manchester clubs is tougher to call.
Red-hot Rashford shows no signs of slowing down
It goes without saying that Manchester United are in good form at the moment, having won eight in a row.
Of course, there have been impressive performances all over the pitch lately, but one man has deservedly grabbed all the headlines: Marcus Rashford. Ever since the 25-year-old returned from the World Cup, he has been behaving like a madman.
Rashford has scored in each of his last six games, with seven more than any Premier League player since his start. His brace against Charlton meant he had scored in eight consecutive games at Old Trafford and became the first player to achieve the feat since Wayne Rooney a decade earlier.
The striker certainly rediscovered the horror that left his game as he struggled to hit a head of steam, which was on full display when he came on as a substitute against the Addicks last season.
He managed just 10 touches in the half hour he played, but allayed concerns that it would be enough for a Premier League side to take a penalty shootout.
Rashford kept his composure to slot past Ashley Maynard-Brewer for the first time in the 90th minute, then took full advantage of a VAR failure to slot home after Casemiro’s clever cross despite being ruled offside in the build-up. .
In this form, no one can touch him – and Ten Haag’s team will take full advantage.
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