Monday 27 February 2017


Jose lands his first piece of silverware at Manchester United as Zlatan strikes late to break Southampton hearts after Gabbiadini's double had hauled underdogs level in thriller at Wembley
Southampton had the better team, Manchester United the better player. The player, in fact. Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The one, the only. This was his cup, as much as theirs. It was a great game and Southampton had the best of it. Yet they were never in front and there was always the danger it would end in tears. Why? That man. There was never a significant period of the game in which United dominated, but nor was there a moment when Ibrahimovic did not look capable of being the deciding factor. What a player he is. For all his achievements across Europe, it has taken this, a season in the twilight of his career, to convince the sceptics here of his greatness.

Manchester United left it late as they beat Southampton 3-2 in the EFL Cup final at Wembley on Sunday. Jesse Lingard netted in-between a Zlatan Ibrahimovic double as Manolo Gabbiadini's brace was left in vain. Don't worry if you missed anything during the showpiece, because Sportsmail's eagle-eyed team made sure those all-important finer details were preserved for posterity.

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