Carabao Cup final 2023: Date, kick-off time and favourites to win
Manchester United will face Newcastle United at Wembley Stadium on February 26 to contest the first major domestic trophy of the season, the Carabao Cup.
Newcastle became the first team to reach the final, with their 3-1 aggregate win in the semi-final over Southampton.
Goals from Sean Longstaff at St James’ Park in the second leg were enough to give Eddie Howe’s side a 3-1 win over two legs, following their 1-0 victory at St Mary’s Stadium the previous week.
It is Newcastle United’s first major cup final since 1999, when they reached the FA Cup final, but lost to Manchester United.
“I feel really good, I’m so proud of the players and what a brilliant night,” said Howe. “We are aware of what it means to people, the feeling around the city and it’s nice to see how much it means. It was an incredible place to play football tonight.
“When we arrived last season all we saw ahead of us was a relegation battle but it has been a brilliant ride up to this point. We’ve got one more game to go, though, we want to win the final.
“We embrace the history of this club, but we want to create history for ourselves now. I’m uncomfortable with the individual praise for me, that’s just the sort of person I am. I would much rather it went to the players.”
Having won the first leg of their semi-final at the City Ground, five-time winners Manchester United secured their place in the final with a relatively routine second-leg win at Old Trafford. Despite going into half-time goalless, goals from Anthony Martial and Fred wrapped the tie up with a 5-0 aggregate win over Steve Cooper’s Forest side.
Luke Shaw was keen to keep focus on the games coming up between now and the meeting with Newcastle on February 26.
“It is of course very special, it shows where we are at the moment,” United defender Luke Shaw said. “It is a final we can look forward to but we have a few big games coming up before we go there.”
When is the Carabao Cup final?
This season's final will be held at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, February 26. Last year's final kicked off at 4.30pm, but the 2023 final start time is yet to be confirmed.
Is the Carabao Cup final on TV?
Yes. It will be live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.
Which teams are still in the competition?
What were the results in the semi-finals?
Who are the favourites to lift the trophy on February 26?
Manchester United 3/4
Newcastle United 6/5