Manchester United won their first gong after a six-year trophy drought. This will be an icing in the cake for the Carrington outfits.
United last won trophy in 2017 under Jose Mourinho. Coincidentally, it was the same trophy that the ‘special one’ lifted with Manchester United – of course alongside FA cup and UEFA Europa Cup.
Since then, United have gone under four managers before they’d get something to smile about. After Mourinho, United brought in one of their legends in Ole Gunnar Solskjear. From Solskjear, United brought in Michael Carrick to take over after the Norwegian was shown the exit door. Carrick, another Manchester United legend, only managed to steer United through a couple of matches before United could solicit for the services of German’s Ralf Rangnick, who was poached from German side RB Leipzig.
Here comes Erik Ten Hags, the Dutch tactician who football pedants have described as one who thinks two steps ahead of his opponent. Ten Hags has brought in vigour, valour and value in United’s current squad – something which has seen England’s Marcos Rashford realize his best form of all time. Rashford has been banging goals left right and centre ever since the Dutch tactician took over Manchester United from the German’s Ralf Rangnick.
Yesterday, Rashford was again on the spot after a beautiful left flick left Newcastle United’s goalkeeper with completely no options but to let the goal in. That was the second goal for United, after a thundering header from Brazilian Jose Casemiro.
United, who were by yesterday pursuing a quadruple, will now concentrate on the three trophies that are still within their reach. They are currently sitting third in the league table, eight points behind league leaders Arsenal, with fifteen games to go. They are also in the last 16 stage of the UEFA Europa League tournament after edging out the highly dreaded kings of Spanish tiki taka – Barcelona.
Then there is also FA cup tournament that will resume this week when Manchester United will meet West Ham United. Chances and morale are at the ceiling at Carrington that finally, Manchester United would win a quadruple this season – a feat that would only rival United’s legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s achievements at the club.