As Erik ten Hag danced a jubilant jig on the Wembley pitch after Manchester United's League Cup final victory over Newcastle, it was clear the manager's romantic ideas about the club had blossomed into a full-blown love affair.
United hope the showpiece at Wembley can serve as a long-awaited rebirth while Newcastle believe the final can serve as concrete proof they are now a force to be reckoned with.
United are aiming to end a six-year wait for silverware against Newcastle, who are into the League Cup final for the first time in 47 years
Marcus Rashford scored a dazzling solo goal as Manchester United beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Wednesday to virtually book a place at Wembley next month.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola gave a scathing assessment of his side's performance after they exited the League Cup in a dismal 2-0 defeat to Southampton on Wednesday.
Manchester City reach the League Cup final, shattering second-tier Bristol City's hopes of a remarkable upset, as the Premier League leaders survive a late fightback to win 3-2 and clinch the tie 5-3 on aggregate.
Chelsea waste a chance to take control of their League Cup semi-final against Arsenal as the misfiring Blues were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger welcomes the use of VAR.
Southampton reached the League Cup final for the first time since 1979 as Shane Long grabbed the goal that sealed a memorable 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the semi-final second leg on Wednesday.