Newcastle United’s starting XI the last time they reached a domestic cup semi-final - gallery

Newcastle United have lost only one of their last eleven matches against Southampton

Newcastle United will compete in what will be their first semi-final in any domestic cup competition since the 2004-05 season this evening. Eddie Howe will lead out his side against Southampton in the Carbabao Cup after beating Tranmere Rovers, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Leicester City in earlier rounds.

After travelling to the south coast for tonight’s clash, the Magpies will host the Saints on home soil next week before a potential date at Wembley next month beckons. The Carabao Cup could be the first ‘major’ trophy since their UEFA Interoto Cup victory in 2006.

However, they did come very close previous season when they reached the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United. While a meeting with Arsenal in the final was in sight, goals from Ruud van Nistelrooy (2), Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo knocked the Magpies out, with Shola Ameobi netting a consolation on the hour mark.

So, 18 years on, we take a look at the starting XI that came up against the Red Devils in Newcastle’s last cup semi-final.

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