Manchester United and Newcastle United will meet in the final of the League Cup on Sunday. Both sides are on the cusp of renewed glory and this piece of silverware will go a long way in establishing their respective narratives in English football.
Here’s what will happen if the Red Devils come out on top at Wembley –
1. Trophy Drought Over
The six-year-long wait for a silverware will come to an end in the side of Manchester that has seen their noisy neighbours lift far too many trophies in the same period. Apart from the general drought, this trophy will also be a significant blip in the post-SAF era.
For Newcastle though, who last tasted a laurel in 1955, the wait will go on under the cash-rich ownership.
2. Momentum in the Title Race
Erik ten Hag has been downplaying any and all Premier League title hopes, despite the fact that the side is within theoretical striking distance of both Manchester City and Arsenal.
However, even he won’t be able to deny that a piece of silverware at this stage in the campaign will do wonders to morale as the club looks to make strides in the other domestic competitions.
For the hopeful United fan, this will also mean that the Mancunian side is technically still on track to lift the quadruple this season.
3. Medal for a Newcastle Player
Even in defeat, one Newcastle player will certainly get a winner’s medal and that unfortunate honour will go to Dubravka who plied his trade for the Manchester outfit in this competition.
It is also the tragic reason why he will not feature in the final despite Pope’s suspension as he’ll be cup-tied. As such, the keeper will probably pray for his side to lift the cup and for him to forego the chance of a medal.
4. Harry Maguire’s First Cup as Captain
Harry Maguire’s stint as Manchester United’s official captain will pay dividends at last as the English defender will be the one expected to lift the trophy if his side can muster a win.
This will be his first trophy with the side that broke records to transfer him from Leicester City. Looking at his starting spot hierarchy though, it could also be his only chance to lift anything as a United player, given how he looks exit-bound.