“Eddie Howe’s Newcastle Sets Sights on Redemption, Not Revenge, in Carabao Cup Clash with Manchester United”

Joe Lee

Eddie Howe has disputed that Newcastle are out for vengeance against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup, as the Magpies manager evaluates his options for the fourth-round meeting at Old Trafford, which will be shown live on Sky Sports (kick-off 8.15pm).

Erik ten Hag’s United prolonged Newcastle’s search for a first domestic title since 1955, winning 2-0 in last season’s final between the rivals at Wembley in February.

United have been inconsistent this season and head into Tuesday’s match at Old Trafford reeling from being humiliated in the Manchester derby at the weekend, which City won 3-0.

But Howe believes Premier League form can be left aside for the time being, with both teams expected to make changes, and he is convinced that revenge for eight months ago will not be a motivator ahead of the trip.

He said: “That’s not our emotion as I sit here now. Our emotion is just to try to prepare and win the game. One win and we’re into the quarter-finals of the competition. We loved our run in it last year.

“Manchester United are a top team with top players. One of the key tests of any team is how you respond to setbacks. That’s always what you’re looking to do when you’re in the manager’s position.

“They’ve got some very good results lately and have won some games late. Whenever you play Manchester City, as we know they’re very, very difficult games.

“When you go into a cup tie, to a degree you leave that form behind. This is a one-off game and I’m sure both teams will be motivated to try and win.”

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