The fast show, starring Julio Geordio
28 mins Alejandro
Garnacho attacked down the left watched by Tino Livramento and the Newcastle
defender pinched the ball with a perfectly timed tackle. He set off towards the
halfway line and evaded half-hearted challenges before passing to Miggy
Almiron on the Newcastle left.
The Paraguayan took a touch and held off Diogo Dalot before guiding the ball
left-footed past Andre Onana from the left hand edge of the six yard box into
the far corner of the Stretford End goal. 1-0
Miggy's at the wheel - a celebration
referencing his recent motoring misadventure
36 mins Almiron scooped a skilful pass
to Joe Willock on the left side of the box that bypassed Dalot and the Newcastle
midfielder kept possession and cross into the six yard box where Harry Maguire
headed the ball straight to Lewis Hall under pressure from Anthony
Hall volleyed the ball left-footed inside the far corner from the edge of the
box, knee-sliding towards home fans before wisely turning
towards his team mates to celebrate. Also celebrating in the away end was his
Tyneside-born dad. 2-0
Half time: Red Devils 0 Magpies 2
60 mins An immaculately-timed
intervention by Joelinton robbed Sofyan Amrabat on the edge of the centre circle
in the home half, Joe Willock picking the ball up and setting off upfield.
The defence parted, aided by an intelligent run by Anthony Gordon, as he
steadied himself to hit an inch-perfect low shot inside the post and beyond
Onana's fruitless dive. Willock's knee-slide was to the corner flag in front of
the jubilant away end 3-0
Full time: Red Devils 0 Magpies 3
was a massive performance from the players, I can't credit them
"There were some great stories to come
out of the game. Matt Targett is the only negative, that was a huge blow for us,
but even more credit to the players for their performance after that moment.
Some giant performances from the players.
"What a story for both (central)
defenders. Emil (Krafth) 14 months out playing in a position he hasn't
played in a lot, I thought he was superb tonight, he used the ball really well,
his athleticism was key.
"Together with Paul (Dummett), I thought they defended really well
against top quality players. It certainly wasn't an easy game for us.
"Joe (Willock) was outstanding.
He's a goalscoring midfielder with those athletic qualities we need. You could
see how many times he ran forward today, he was a real threat, he took his goal
brilliantly, which was a big moment in the game. We needed that third goal.
"It means everything to us and hopefully to them (the fans). You could see
the reaction at the end. They knew we were in a tough moment, making changes,
but that can sometimes elevate our unity. Players like Matt Ritchie elevate that
and his performance was of the highest level.
"The message at half-time was to be
positive and brave and continue to do the things that brought us success. I have
seen many games here where the crowd win them the game.
On team selection:
"We debated it for a couple of days but we kept reverting back to the same
end point which means it was pretty clear what we needed to do, we needed to try
and rest players.
"But also we needed to not have our players not do anything for a week
either - almost shutting a player down for a week isn’t a good idea and
we’ve then got to elevate their physical level again on Saturday so it was a
"We wanted to give some players some
minutes but shortened minutes. Some of the subs were pre-set before the game.
Anthony Gordon, Joe Willock - we needed to get them off the pitch. It’s going
to be a key thing for us managing minutes and keep the squad as strong as
On Sean Longstaff's captaincy:
"He deserved it. Sean has acted unbelievably since I have been at the
club. He has led, and is starting to lead, it is almost a recognition of that.
He is a leader for the here and now and for the future."
On Lewis Hall and Tino Livramento:
"I thought they both played really, really well. They both showed their
"Lewis was composed on the ball under
pressure and played some lovely passes in the first half, capped off with his
goal that was an unbelievable strike.
"Tino’s standout was the assist for the (first) goal but his
all-round performance again was of the highest level. They’re two outstanding
prospects for us.
"They were signed to push the group and
help our squad. To help our team you need good players and they are both very
"The form of Kieran (Trippier)
and Dan (Burn) has been really strong as well so it’s that competition
that will bring out the best in everybody but they’re very important players
for the here and now.”
On Matt Targett:
"I have now idea why or how it happened. It's bizarre. It's early in the
game and he's not fatigued in that moment. He's stretched his leg up to tackle
and instantly the minute he hit the ground, he was waving to us and knew he was
"It looks like a hamstring which would be a huge blow. The only hope for me
is he wasn't really running at the time. Sometimes the worst ones are when
you're in an explosive action but he was in pain and he's struggling to walk
now, so it doesn't look good."
The deeply dislikeable Erik ten Hag
wobbled his head and said:
"We know this is not good
enough. We have to take responsibility for it, I have to take responsibility for
it. We don't give the performance, so I feel sorry for the fans. It is below our
standards and we have to put it right.
"We have to recover from it but we have
to quickly recover - Saturday is the next game and we have to raise our
standards. This is not good enough.
"Players will stand up, they are
sticking together - you have seen, they have tried. But we know this is not good
enough, and as I said, I'm responsible for this, and we have to do this
"You have to be disciplined and you
have to do it with togetherness, everyone has to take responsibility, be
accountable and co-operate. That's the key word.
"So I am a fighter and I know it is not always going to go up and we have a
lot of setbacks this season, but also you have to deal with it and that is never
"I have said that before. I know when there are setbacks but even then you
have to get results. Sunday and tonight was far from that so we have to do
things right at a certain level, the minimum level to win games.
"I understand it (criticism)
when the results are not there it is also a logical process that they are
questioning that. But I am confident I can do it. At all my clubs I have done it
and also last year here I did it as well, but at this moment we are in a bad
place. I take responsibility for it.
"I see it as a challenge. I am a
fighter and I am in that fight and I have to make sure that I share the
responsibility with my players and that we stick together and fight together,
and get better results.
"It is below the standards everyone expects from Manchester United. It is
not good enough by far. We have to put it right. It is my team and they are not
Newcastle United won at Manchester
United for the first time in nine attempts, achieving a
second success on the road there in 30 visits during the
Premier League era. This was their third away win in the
last 43 league and cup outings, fourth in 64 games
there since World War II and eleventh of all time in 89 meetings, nine at Old Trafford (the first two were at their Bank Street ground):
1897/98 won 1-0 (D2)
1906/07 won 3-1 (D1)
1911/12 won 2-0 (D1)
1921/22 won 1-0 (D1)
1927/28 won 7-1 (D1)
1930/31 won 7-4 (D1)
1934/35 won 1-0 (D2)
1950/51 won 2-1 (D1)
1971/72 won 2-0 (D1)
2013/14 won 1-0 (PL)
2023/24 won 3-0 (LC)
Following the 2-0 PL victory at SJP
earlier this year, this result meant that the Magpies won successive
games against the Red Devils for the first time since 1972 (won
2-0 away in February 1972 in Division One, won 2-1 home in October 1972 in
This was also our first-ever cup victory against the Red Devils
away from SJP in 10 attempts:
1908/09 lost 0-1 (n) (FA)
1952/53 lost 2-4 (a) (CS)
1976/77 lost 2-7 (a) (LC)
1988/89 lost 0-2 (a) (Merc)
1996/97 lost 0-4 (n) (CS)
1998/99 lost 0-2 (n) (FA)
2004/05 lost 1-4 (n) (FA)
2012/13 lost 1-2 (a) (LC)
2022/23 lost 0-2 (n) (LC
2023/24 won 3-0 (a) (LC)
Goal crazy - this was only the seventh time that we've ever scored three
goals or more here:
1906/07 won 3-1 (D1)
1927/28 won 7-1 (D1)
1930/31 won 7-4 (D1)
1958/59 drew 4-4 (D1)
2002/03 lost 3-5 (PL)
2012/13 lost 3-4 (PL)
2023/24 won 3-0 (LC)
Magpies v MUFC @ Old Trafford - PL era:
3-0 Almiron, Hall, Willock (LC)
2022/23 drew 0-0
2021/22 lost 1-4 Manquillo
2020/21 lost 1-3 Saint-Maximin
2019/20 lost 1-4 M.Longstaff
2018/19 lost 2-3 Kenedy, Muto
2017/18 lost 1-4 Gayle
2015/16 drew 0-0
2014/15 lost 1-3 Cisse(pen)
2013/14 won 1-0 Cabaye
2012/13 lost 3-4 Perch, og(Evans), Cisse
2012/13 lost 1-2 Cisse (LC)
2011/12 drew 1-1 Ba(pen)
2010/11 lost 0-3
2008/09 drew 1-1 Martins
2007/08 lost 0-6
2006/07 lost 0-2
2005/06 lost 0-2
2004/05 lost 1-2 Ambrose
2003/04 drew 0-0
2002/03 lost 3-5 Bernard, Shearer, Bellamy
2001/02 lost 1-3 Shearer
2000/01 lost 0-2
1999/00 lost 1-5 og(Berg)
1998/99 drew 0-0
1997/98 drew 1-1 Andersson
1996/97 drew 0-0
1995/96 lost 0-2
1994/95 lost 0-2
1993/94 drew 1-1 Cole
Miggy Almiron netted his fourth league and cup goal of the
season, his second League Cup goal taking him on to 29
in all competitions. His other strike in this Cup was at Morecambe in 2020.
Lewis Hall marked his second start and third
appearance in all competitions with the first goal not only for Newcastle
but also in his fledgling senior playing career.
Joe Willock netted his first goal of the season
and the fourteenth as a Magpie. The previous 13 were all in the PL,
the most recent of which before tonight was scored against Manchester United at
SJP back in April 2023.
finished on the winning side in a cup tie for the first time as a
Newcastle player at the fifth time of asking (his Manchester United loan
record was played two, won two....)
2019/20 Rochdale (a) drew 1-1 (FAC)
2020/21 Arsenal (a) lost 0-2 (FAC)
2021/22 Cambridge United (h) lost 0-1 (FAC)
2022/23 Sheffield Wednesday (a) lost 1-2 (FAC)
2023/24 Manchester United (a) won 3-0 (LC)
The goalkeeper made his first appearance
this season, having last featured for Newcastle in the final game of
2022/23, a 1-1 PL draw at Chelsea.
Emil Krafth kicked a ball in anger
for the first time since the Carabao Cup win at Tranmere Rovers back in
August 2022. He last completed 90 minutes in May 2022.
Paul Dummett made his second start
of the season and emulated his first in helping record a clean sheet,
after the 1-0 home win over Manchester City in the previous round of this
Valentino Livramento made his
second start for the club and sixth appearance in total. We're yet to
concede a goal while he's been on the pitch, the clock now at 226 minutes
on that shutout.
Matt Ritchie moved on to 199
appearances for United in all competitions, having made his 198th last
April during a 3-1 PL home win over Southampton. This was his first start
since the 1-2 FA Cup loss at Sheffield Wednesday in January 2023.
v Red Devils in League Cup:
1976/77 lost 2-7 (Old Trafford)
1994/95 won 2-0 (SJP)
2012/13 lost 1-2 (Old Trafford)
2022/23 lost 0-2 (Wembley)
2023/24 won 3-0 (Old Trafford)
Sean Longstaff captained the side on his 150th senior
Toon league and cup appearance and was a whisker
away from grabbing his twelfth career goal with a thunderbolt shot in the
This was Newcastle's 21st appearance in the last 16 of the League Cup.
They've now won 11:
1974/75 Fulham (h) won 3-0
1975/76 QPR (a) won 3-1
1976/77 Manchester United (a) lost 2-7
1994/95 Manchester City (a) drew 1-1
1994/95 Manchester City (h) R lost 0-2
1995/96 Liverpool (a) won 1-0
1996/97 smoggies (a) lost 1-3
1997/98 Derby County (a) won 1-0
1998/99 Blackburn Rovers (h) drew 1-1 (lost
2000/01 Birmingham City (a) lost 1-2
2001/02 Ipswich Town (h) won 4-1
2004/05 Chelsea (h) lost 0-2aet
2005/06 Wigan Athletic (a) lost 0-1
2006/07 Watford (a) drew 2-2 (won 5-4pens)
2010/11 Arsenal (a) lost 0-4
2011/12 Blackburn Rovers (a) lost 3-4
2013/14 Manchester City (h) lost 0-2
2014/15 Manchester City (a) won 2-0
2016/17 Preston North End (h) won 6-0
2020/21 Newport County (a) drew 1-1 (won 5-4pens)
2022/23 Bournemouth (h) won 1-0
2023/24 Manchester United (a) won 3-0
On the bench following positive performances for the U21s at weekend were
20 year-old winger Amadou Diallo (squad number 49) and 18 year-old
forward Ben Parkinson (squad number 63).
you'd never thought you'd have; sitting in a traffic jam on the M62 in the early
hours debating whether the previous night's scoreline, the 8-0 win at Sheffield
United or the 4-1 home rout of PSG was the standout result from the last six
weeks of watching Newcastle United.
Weeks! Entire seasons once passed with nothing more memorable than an
occasional outbreak of competency. Now, we post momentous outcomes with a
regularity that will never be monotonous.
eye-catching Premier League and Champions League successes were proof of progress, this 8.15 from Manchester comes
into the vengeance category - made all the more unlikely by a line-up with eight changes that was seemingly heavy on full backs and light up front. How
wrong we were.
Exactly how that selection were lining up was still being assessed when Matt
Targett went to ground within 90 seconds of the start and couldn't continue. The
arrival of Miggy Almiron
proved to be a blessing in disguise, giving the visiting attack further impetus to unpick the hosts.
We'd underestimated how good we'd be - and how abominable they were; those in red
lacking any coherent plan
aside from clattering into opponents in a misplaced attempt to convey commitment.
We know only too well that these were the title holders, but they quit on their
There were fine displays all
over the pitch from those clad in black and white; Emil Krafth returning from
injury after 14 months to partner the rarely-seen Paul
Dummett in central defence and eagerly-awaited appearances for summer arrivals
Tino Livramento and Lewis Hall.
As he had against Manchester City in the previous round, Livramento caught the eye again
on the right; his forward run integral to the opening goal.
Hall meanwhile capped a massively improved display from that City tie with the first senior goal of
his career for 2-0 - having dropped back into left back almost immediately to
replace the stricken Targett. Hopefully Gareth Southgate wasn't watching.
Back in harness after being restricted to
fleeting bench outings meanwhile was Matt Ritchie, who did nothing wrong but
prompted a rerun of an earlier discussion about whether he justified a squad
place. Others may have staked their claim for contract extensions, but he's
surely now on his last lap.
Making an unsentimental return was Martin Dubravka
after his loan spell last season which meant he was cup tied for the Carabao Cup
Final when Nick Pope was suspended. This was one of his quietest nights for
either United, but his kicking was noticeably more accurate
than Nick Pope.
Sean Longstaff, Joelinton and Anthony Gordon
remained in the side to bring solidity; Lobby made captain on the occasion of
his 150th game for the club. Gordon
didn't score, but his intelligent dummy runs crucially distracted defenders and
opened up the space for the first and third goals.
That leaves Joe Willock, whose shot to make it 3-0 was the pick of the trio of
superb strikes simply because it was at our end. As Kevin Keegan once said, the crowd
sucked it in. The expression 'hit the ground running' doesn't do justice to his
contribution since returning: never mind a familiar 'keeper, had Willock been in
the side that ran out at Wembley things may have been rather different.
As for silencing the home crowd, there was
nothing to shush really - they were mostly mute as
their side suffered a fifth loss here from nine league and cup home games
Reaching the interval two up prompted scenes of incredulity from some, one
acquaintance hooking up to the working 5G signal to book a Wembley hotel. Other
fellow travellers were slightly less giddy, perhaps mindful of our 2018 visit
here when a 2-0 interval advantage mutated into a 2-3 defeat.
Willock's third turned this into a real
Trafford lark and allowed Howe to switch him and Gordon for Callum Wilson and Bruno Guimaraes.
Dan Burn and Kieran Trippier were also given
late run-outs as the visitors successfully closed down the game and home
followers streamed away. Howe deliberately spoke of the subs getting minutes in their
legs as if this was a fitness session, not a contest.
Aside from a little chunk of history, our reward is a pre-Christmas quarter-final trip to Chelsea in between the Fulham home game and
the visit to Luton Town. Not great when Port Vale and Boro were also in the
draw, but marginally better than the visit to Anfield that had frankly seemed
Losing our first quartet of League Cup meetings with the Blues, we then memorably won
the fifth and most recent 4-3 at
Stamford Bridge in 2010. If we're to reach the last four for only the third time,
we'll have to do that again -and win a
quarter-final away from SJP for the first time ever.
That's all to come though after a further ten (!) games, by which time we may
have John Anderson, Little Billy Fane and the team coach driver on the bench at
the current rate of player attrition....
It's fine to talk of revenge for the Carabao Cup Final loss, but our own score
settling extends way beyond that, routinely pushed aside here to a backdrop of
anti-Shearer songs, grateful not to lose.
This was a night of pure elation, a
world away from the nervy 1-0 league win here in 2013 that proved to
be a staging post to precisely nowhere. There goes the fear.