Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late header secured Manchester United the first major trophy of the Jose Mourinho era, breaking Southampton hearts at the end of a thrilling EFL Cup final.
Wembley bore witness to a superb encounter as expectant United faced a Saints side looking to win just the second major trophy in their history, the first having come 41 years ago when the sides met in the FA Cup final.
Manolo Gabbiadini’s brace had Southampton dreaming as Ibrahimovic and Jesse Lingard strikes were cancelled out, only for Ibrahimovic to head home three minutes time to clinch a hard-fought 3-2 win.
Tweet of the match
Star man – Manolo Gabbiadini
What a January signing the Italian looks to have been. Gabbiadini netted twice in the final to give Saints hope and was wrongly denied an opener at Wembley, giving United’s backline a torrid time. The stand-out player at Wembley.
Moment of the match
Timeless Ibrahimovic’s leap three minutes from time, directing home Ander Herrera’s pinpoint cross in front of the United supporters. The 26th of the campaign and most important to date.
Stat of the match
Jose Mourinho has now won the competition four times – a joint record along with Brian Clough and Sir Alex Ferguson. Southampton’s wait for a second major trophy in their history continues.
Player ratingsManchester United: David de Gea 7, Antonio Valencia 5, Eric Bailly 6, Chris Smalling 6, Marcos Rojo 6, Ander Herrera 5, Paul Pogba 7, Juan Mata 7, Jesse Lingard 6, Anthony Martial 6, Zlatan Ibrahimovic 8. Substitutes: Michael Carrick (for Mata, 45mins) 5, Marcus Rashford (for Lingard, 77mins) 5, Marouane Fellaini (for Martial, 90mins) 5.Southampton: Fraser Forster 5, Cedric Soares 7, Maya Yoshida 5, Jack Stephens 5, Ryan Bertrand 6, Oriol Romeu 7, Steve Davis 7, James Ward-Prowse 7, Nathan Redmond 7, Dusan Tadic 6, Manolo Gabbiadini 9. Substitutes: Sofiane Boufal (for Tadic, 77mins) 5, Shane Long (for Gabbiadini, 83mins) 6, Jay Rodriguez (for Davis, 90mins) 5.
Who’s up next?
Manchester United v Bournemouth (Premier League, Saturday 4 March)
Watford v Southampton (Premier League, Saturday 4 March)