EFL Cup Final: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Fires Man Utd To Victory Against Unlucky Southampton (Video)

Alan Duffy

26th, February 2017

Jose Mourinho picked up his first major trophy with Manchester United after the Red Devils secured a hard-fought and dramatic victory against Southampton at Wembley.

Saints should have taken the lead early on, only for a close-range effort from Manolo Gabbiandini to be wrongly flagged for offside, when Ryan Bertrand but not the Italian was in an offside position.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the star of the show for the Red Devils on the day and on 19 minutes, the Swede opening the scoring, courtesy of a fine long-range free-kick. However, Saints’ ‘keeper Fraser Forster will be unhappy not have done more with the shot.

United looked to have sewn up the game on 38 minutes when Jesse Lingard fired home from the edge of the Southampton box.

However, just before the break, in-form striker Gabbiadini shot through the legs of David De Gea to keep the game alive.

Only three minutes into the second period, Gabbiadini was at it again, this time holding off Chris Smalling before spinning and firing home.

Claude Puel’s charges were well worth the two goals and pushed for a third, with Oriol Romeu heading against the frame of the United goal.

However, in the end, it was Ibrahimovic who would decide the game. Not long after clearing the ball off his own line, the Swede found himself in the Saints’ box, where he headed home from close-range after a fantastic Ander Herrera centre.

Southampton had little time to get another equaliser, leaving United to ultimately win the game.

Once again, the class and experience proved pivotal for the Red Devils, with Ibrahomovic an inspirational force throughout the game.

However, overall, Mourinho’s men were very lucky to win the game, with Saints the better side for long periods.

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