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    When did Man Utd last win the League Cup?

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    Following what felt like an eternity functioning as the Premier League’s supreme force, Manchester United have embarked on a decade of relative obscurity in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

    It’s been a turbulent period up at the Theatre of Dreams, to say the least, but there’s hope that Erik ten Hag will be the man to lead the Red Devils’ revival.

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    The Dutchman has emerged in the clear after mitigating a difficult start to his reign, and he’s showing all the signs of being the club’s long-term solution. While a title bid is surely beyond Ten Hag’s side, United have a great chance of claiming some silverware during the manager’s debut season at Old Trafford.

    Their most promising hope resides with the Carabao Cup as they prepare to take on Charlton Athletic in the quarter-finals on Tuesday night. A trip to Wembley is just three games away, and it’s been a few years since United were a part of a major domestic final.

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    Here’s a reminder of the last time the Red Devils won the Carabao Cup.

    Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Michael Carrick

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the match-winner the last time United won the Carabao Cup / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

    United have enjoyed their fair share of success in this competition over the years, lifting the trophy five times. Their first triumph, which arrived in 1992, was among Fergie’s first major honours as manager, while their most recent came in 2017.

    The 2016/17 season was a mixed bag for the Red Devils. Led by Jose Mourinho, they finished 6th in the Premier League but were able to grind out two pieces of silverware – the Carabao Cup and Europa League.

    Their route to Wembley included a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the fourth round and a 4-1 thumping of West Ham in the quarter-finals. A 2-0 win in the first leg of their semi-final tie against Hull City put them in a great position to progress into the final, and a Paul Pogba strike in the second half of the second leg secured their place at Wembley despite eventually losing 2-1.

    Claude Puel’s Southampton awaited Mourinho’s men in the competition’s showpiece with the Saints looking to secure one more major scalp on their way to glory. They’d beaten Arsenal and Liverpool to advance into the final, but United seemed destined to deny their dream when they took a 2-0 first-half lead thanks to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic free-kick and a calm Jesse Lingard finish.

    However, a quick-fire Manolo Gabbiadini brace either side of half-time restored parity for the Saints and it was Puel’s side who looked the more likely to grab the all-important winner throughout the second half. But, with three minutes remaining, Zlatan landed the killer blow when he headed home Ander Herrera’s teasing cross.

    It was the Swede’s crowning moment during his sole season at the club and a rare highlight of Mourinho’s tenure.

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