League Cup Round-Up: Manchester United and Arsenal Out, Liverpool and Chelsea Advance

Manchester United’s League Cup Exit

Manchester United’s defense of the League Cup came to a disappointing end as they suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Newcastle on November 1, 2023.

The defeat marked their eighth loss in 15 games this season, making it their worst start to a campaign since 1962/63.

Manager Erik ten Hag expressed his disappointment and the need for the team to take responsibility for their performance.

Tino Livramento and Lewis Hall played pivotal roles for Newcastle in securing their victory. Livramento set up Miguel Almiron for the opening goal, and Chelsea loanee Hall volleyed home an impressive effort to double their lead. Joe Willock’s solo run and stunning finish sealed the victory for Newcastle.

Their reward for eliminating both Manchester City and United is another challenging draw, this time away to Chelsea in the last eight.

Arsenal’s League Cup Exit

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had to rue his decision to leave Declan Rice out of the squad as they faced West Ham.

The Gunners were well-beaten 3-1, with Aaron Ramsdale having a forgettable night in goal.

Ben White’s own goal, Mohammed Kudus’s strike, and Jarrod Bowen’s goal sealed Arsenal’s fate. Although Martin Odegaard scored a late consolation, it wasn’t enough to secure a win in the League Cup, extending Arsenal’s 30-year wait to claim the trophy.

Liverpool and Chelsea Progress

On the same night, Liverpool managed to overcome Bournemouth 2-1, with Darwin Nunez scoring the winner with a spectacular dipping strike from outside the box. Chelsea also secured a 2-0 win against Championship side Blackburn, further showcasing their strength in the competition.

Benoit Badiashile and Raheem Sterling were on target for Chelsea, ensuring their place in the quarter-finals.

Quarter-Final Matchups

The upcoming quarter-finals promise more excitement, with Fulham set to travel to Goodison Park to face Everton, while League One’s Port Vale will host Middlesbrough.

These fixtures will determine the teams advancing in the competition, and fans can expect more thrilling League Cup action in the rounds to come.

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