A general view of the pitch at Wembley Stadium from behind the goal

How to watch & follow the Carabao Cup final

Friday 24 February 2023 15:30

Manchester United travel to Wembley Stadium this weekend, as we prepare to take on fellow Premier League side Newcastle United in the 2023 Carabao Cup final.

Erik ten Hag's men are now just one game away from claiming our first piece of silverware since the 2016/17 season, with Eddie Howe's men set to provide tough opposition.

The Reds were 2-1 winners over Barcelona on Thursday evening at Old Trafford in our Europa League play-off second leg, making the aggregate score 4-3 to ensure our progression to the last 16.

Having already faced the Magpies once this season - a 0-0 draw at the Theatre of Dreams - over 33,000 Reds supporters are expected to be present at the highly anticipated match in the capital, and here are all the details you need to know...

Ten Hag's cup final press conference Video

Ten Hag's cup final press conference

Press conference part one | Erik discusses Wembley, Rashford's fitness, Martial's injury and Nick Pope's ban...


Sunday's final will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK, with coverage getting under way from Wembley at 13:30 GMT.

Our MUTV coverage will extensive throughout the whole weekend, with a live pitchside show set to take place inside the ground from 18:00 GMT until 19:00 GMT on Saturday evening.

We will also have a live breakfast show on the morning of the final, taking place for 30 minutes at 10:00 GMT. Our normal matchday show will then air from 15:00 GMT, as we bring you all the latest team news and pre-match updates ahead of kick-off and all the post-match reaction following the full-time whistle.

Live radio commentary will also take place throughout the encounter.


Two-minute highlights of the game will be available on Sunday evening, with extended versions being published at midnight.


Ten Hag confirmed on Friday that Anthony Martial will miss the final during his pre-match press conference

The boss also commented on the fitness of in-form forward Marcus Rashford, following his substitution against Barça on Thursday evening, stating "I don't know. Players are now coming in [to Carrington], we have to do investigations, medical [checks]. Straight after a game you can't say, you have to wait for medical [checks]."

On a more positive note, both club captain Harry Maguire and Antony returned to make the bench against the Catalans, with the latter netting the winner against Xavi's side.

Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek remain long-term absentees.

The Magpies will be without first-choice goalkeeper Nick Pope, who is suspended after picking up a red card in their recent Premier League loss to Liverpool.

Fellow stopper Martin Dubravka is cup-tied, having represented United in the competition during his loan spell at Old Trafford earlier this season.

Eddie Howe is therefore likely to either hand a competitive Newcastle debut to former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, or pick Mark Gillespie, who last played between the posts for the club's senior side in September 2020.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference earlier this week, Howe was hopeful midfielders Joelinton and Joe Willock would be fit to feature, despite sustaining injuries in outings against Liverpool and Bournemouth respectively, earlier this month. Swedish defender Emil Krafth is a long-term absentee.

Ten Hag: Newcastle is another kind of challenge


Erik answers questions about our opponents' tactics and goalkeeping issues for Sunday's Carabao Cup final.


Newcastle come into the meeting having lost just one of their last eight games in all competitions, a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at St. James' Park last weekend.

United, on the other hand, successfully overcame Barcelona on Thursday and enter the final in fine fettle. Unbeaten in our last nine matches in all competitions, the Carabao Cup final will pit two of the Premier League's meanest defences against one another.


The Reds beat Aston Villa, Burnley, Charlton Athletic and Nottingham Forest to reach the final of the Carabao Cup, conceding just two goals along the way.

Rashford leads the top scorer chart in the competition - level with Southampton's Che Adams - having found the net five times during our run to Wembley.

Newcastle have seen off Tranmere Rovers, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Leicester City and Southampton to reach their first final in 47 years.

The Magpies have lost their last four major finals (1974, 1998 and 1999 FA Cup finals, 1976 League Cup final). Of course, that 1999 defeat was to United, in the season we won the Treble.


David Coote
Assistant Referee:
Nick Hopton
Assistant Referee:
Tim Wood
Fourth Official:
Simon Hooper
Reserve AR:
Nick Greenhalgh
Peter Bankes
Eddie Smart