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Zlatan Bags Brace As Man United Win Dramatic EFL Cup Final

Zlatan Bags Brace As Man United Win Dramatic EFL Cup Final

By James Agbereni:

Manchester United claimed the first piece of silverware of the season after edging Southampton 3-2 in the English Football League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored the opener, grabbed the winner with three minutes left after Southampton had clawed their way back from 2-0 down.

Jesse Lingard got United’s second goal while Manolo Gabbiadini scored Southampton’s two goals.

The win was United’s fifth League Cup trophy after winning in 1992, 2006, 2009, 2010.

It was Jose Mourinho’s fourth League Cup win after winning with Chelsea in 2005, 2007 and 2015.

United had the game’s first big chance on four minutes but Fraser Foster punched away Paul Pogba’s strike.

Gabbiadini thought he had given Southampton the lead on 11 minutes only for his goal to be wrongly ruled out for offside.

Southampton continued to boss the game but it was United who broke the deadlock in the 19th minute through Ibrahimovic who swept in a brilliant free-kick.

Despite going behind against the run of play, Southampton went close to drawing level but David De Gea made an excellent save off James Ward-Prowse following a pass from Gabbiadini.

In the 32nd minute De Gea was called into action again this time denying Dusan Tadic.

United went 2-0 up in the 38th minute thanks to Lingard who coolly finished off Marcos Rojo’s pass.

Southampton got themselves back in the game in one minute of addwd time through Gabbiadini who converted Ward-Prowse cross.

Prior to the start of the second half, United made the game’s first change with Michael Carrick replacing Juan Mata.

Southampton eventually made it 2-2 on 48 minutes thanks again by Gabbiadini who finished off Steven Davies knock down.

In the 63rd minute Oriol Romeu almost gave Southampton the lead but his header from a corner came off the post.

Lingard had a chance to grab his second goal but shot over at the back post.

And in the 87th minute Ibrahimovic won it for United, heading in Ander Herrera’s cross.

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