February 22, 2024

Old Trafford sneers not picked up by cameras as Newcastle brush Man Utd aside

Newcastle United will have to do it the hard way if they want to win the Carabao Cup – but nobody in a black and white shirt seems daunted by that

Lee Ryder gives the final word from Old Trafford


Newcastle United fans had just filed out of Old Trafford after partying together with the players in front of the away end following a glory night at the Theatre of Dreams.


With Eddie Howe declaring his hope for a “kinder draw” ahead of the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, some of the euphoria after beating Man United quickly died down. As former Newcastle star Andy Cole pulled out the Magpies for a December trip to Chelsea the mood changed slightly for those left in Old Trafford.


A few corporate Man United fans – those who Roy Keane called the Prawn Sandwich Brigade – remained in the ground and sneers could be heard echoing around the place as a tough trip to Stamford Bridge was pushed Newcastle’s way. Let’s make no mistake here though, Newcastle’s 3-0 win over Man United had their fans raging.


Newcastle are catching up quickly to the Premier League’s elite clubs and are on the brink of overtaking others. You can add Chelsea to that list.


After beating Man City and Man United to reach the last eight you could say Newcastle will have to do it the hard way if they are to get to the final and win it. But the truth is that the Magpies have made it this far without playing their strongest team in this competition.


In other positive news, Alexander Isak, Elliot Anderson and Harvey Barnes should all be back for the quarter-finals and Howe may have a real selection dilemma on his hands. Chelsea will be tricky but just like going to places like Old Trafford, away games at the big clubs aren’t what they once were.


Newcastle will know where they stand in Europe by the time Chelsea comes around and their Premier League progress will be there for all to see. It’s fair to say by the time the quarter-finals arrive, the Carabao Cup could well be the best chance of a trophy.


Quite rightly, Howe – like last season – won’t entertain talk like that as he wants to maintain an optimistic approach to life on Tyneside. The head coach also wants nights like Old Trafford to become the norm.


Judging by the sneers and the early leavers in the Man United sections last night before, during and after the fantastic 3-0 win, he is well on the way to achieving that. So bring on Chelsea next month.


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