In an exclusive interview, Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has revealed that his team is not seeking revenge in the upcoming Carabao Cup rematch against Manchester United. This fourth-round clash is an opportunity for the Magpies to make their mark, with a focus on preparation and a strong desire to win.
Newcastle’s quest for their first domestic trophy since 1955 was extended last season when they were defeated by Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final. However, Howe emphasized that revenge is not the primary motivation for this encounter. Instead, the team is determined to succeed and progress in the competition.
Howe stated, “Our emotion is just to try to prepare and win the game. One win and we’re into the quarter-final of the competition. We loved our run in it last year.” Despite Manchester United’s status as a top team with quality players, both sides are expected to set aside their Premier League form and focus on this one-off game.
Injuries to key players and a challenging fixture schedule due to their Champions League commitments have posed additional challenges for Newcastle. Howe acknowledged the need for players to step up and emphasized the importance of squad rotation to manage the workload effectively.
As the Magpies navigate their way through a depleted lineup, Anthony Gordon could take the lead in the forward position, and Lewis Hall, who recently joined from Chelsea, is expected to play a crucial role in various positions. Howe expressed his confidence in Hall’s abilities, stating, “The best is yet to come.”
With a determination to make cup runs a more regular occurrence, Newcastle aims to rise to the challenge posed by Manchester United. Howe’s insight reveals the team’s strategic approach to this highly anticipated Carabao Cup rematch.