Rio Ferdinand makes bold Manchester United vs Newcastle United Carabao Cup final prediction


Manchester United will look to end a near six-year wait for a trophy against Newcastle at Wembley (Picture: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand has made a confident prediction ahead of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final between Manchester United and Newcastle United.

The resurgent Red Devils will be looking to end a near six-year trophy drought and will arrive at Wembley in justifiably confident mood following Thursday’s dramatic comeback against Barcelona.

Erik ten Hag has masterminded a sensational run of form which has seen the Red Devils recover from their nightmare start to the campaign to launch a bid for an unprecedented quadruple.

Newcastle’s wait for silverware, meanwhile, dates back even further and haven’t made an appearance in a showpiece occasion since 1999 when United completed the second leg of their historic treble at the Magpies’ expense.

After an encouraging start to their season, Newcastle have begun to run out of steam in recent weeks and will be without goalkeeper Nick Pope, arguably their best player this term, after he was sent-off against Liverpool last weekend.

Given that key absence and United’s ever burgeoning confidence levels, Ferdinand can only see one outcome at Wembley and believes Ten Hag will claim the first trophy of his tenure.

He told VIBE with Five: ‘Weekend Carabao Cup final we’re going to be in there! Newcastle are going to get put down. I said 2-1 today,

‘I’m going 2-0 at the weekend. Pope’s out, Newcastle out of form, Man Utd are in form, we’re on the crest of a wave but I’m not getting carried away, I’ll see you at Wembley.’

United could themselves be without the services of star forward Marcus Rashford who sparked fears he could miss Sunday’s final through injury after he limped off during the closing stages against Barcelona.

The English international’s absence could heap extra pressure on January recruit Wout Weghorst who was hauled off at half-time against the current La Liga leaders.

Speaking after the win over Barca, he told reporters: ‘Of course I have played in some different positions, it’s also new to me.

Marcus Rashford is an injury doubt aheads of the Carabao Cup final

Marcus Rashford is an injury doubt aheads of the Carabao Cup final (Picture: Getty)

‘What I can bring to the team? I hope lots of energy, I hope the belief. Of course I am someone who is giving a lot of effort against the ball also, try to get high pressure on the opponent, get the guys around me free.

‘Of course, get myself also free and scoring goals so that’s definitely a point we need to improve, because I know I’m capable of bringing that also to the team.

‘That’s something that so far hasn’t worked as we wanted, as we planned, but overall I’m just somebody who is giving his all to the team with a lot of energy and trying to win all these trophies we’re still capable of.

Asked why Ten Hag made the half-time switch, Weghorst continued: ‘Of course we were not satisfied, he was not satisfied. It was not the way we wanted to play. We didn’t do the things that we wanted.

‘[Ten Hag wanted] more energy, more belief, more fight – fighting our way back into the match and creating good momentum, good atmosphere, good feeling.

‘And I think second half, Antony came in, great of course. I think also the match-up that was needed. We knew they were vulnerable in the back, the runs in behind, that was something we couldn’t do like we wanted in the first half.

‘So unfortunate for me today, but I think the second half was a great one for us and a really good result.’

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