Manchester United wins the EFL Cup

Manchester United 3-2 Southampton

Manchester United wins the EFL Cup, thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late winner. This is Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s first success since his summer appointment.

Saints’ striker Manolo Gabbiadiani saw a goal contentiously ruled out before United took an undeserved two-goal lead through Ibrahimovic’s  19th minute free-kick and Jesse Lingard’s  finish seven minutes before the interval.

Southampton, held their ground with two strikes from Gabbiadini either side of half-time.

Oriel Romeu hit the woodwork before Ibrahimovic stole in on Ander Herrera’s cross three minutes from time to give United a victory that looked beyond them for long spells.

He is now level with Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough as the most successful manager in the League Cup after his fourth triumph and takes another step on the road to rehabilitation after his sacking at Chelsea last season.

SCORELINE

Manchester United

  • Ibrahimovic (19′minutes, 87′minutes)
  • Lingard (38′minutes)

Southampton

  • Gabbiadini (45’+1minutes, 48′minutes)
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