Manchester United lifted the Carabao Cup after a long wait in brilliant fashion. The Red Devils secured victory in a 2-0 affair courtesy of a well-headed goal from Casemiro and then a Marcus Rashford flurry into the box which led to a deflection from Sven Botman going over Loris Karius and into the back of the net.
The win was a convincing one and a coveted first piece of silverware for Erik ten Hag in his opening season with the English giants. A lot of this much-needed achievement can be traced back to smart transfer choices and clever man management on part of the Dutch gaffer.
Chief here was the key decision to bring Casemiro from Real Madrid to Old Trafford- a move that did have its fair share of criticism early on. However, once the Brazilian gelled into the side, he was irreplaceable. The same was true in this final too, as Casemiro did more than just score the important goal.
In fact, such was his winning mentality that even after the full-time whistle was blown, his mind was still well within the football that took place on the pitch.
Fans were pleased with a clip of Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes taken minutes before the official medal and cup presentation ceremony. In it, the former Real Madrid man can be seen taking Fernandes to task.
Eagle-eyed supporters ought to have been able to deduce that the midfielder was talking about a moment in the dying minutes of the game when the Portuguese star was incapable of finishing a seemingly easy chance despite taking two attempts and did not even pass the ball to any other player in the vicinity.
Such an action certainly merits the Player of the Match accolade which Casemiro secured at the end of the game.