Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice, including netting the winner three minutes from time, to help Manchester United beat South Hampton 3-2 and win the 2017 EFL Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho, Manchester United’s manager said:
“I think honestly he [Ibrahimovic] won the game for us because he was outstanding.
“I can see a couple of performances, for example Pogba similar level, but he was outstanding in a match where our opponent was better than us for long periods of the game.
“A game where I think they [Southampton] deserved to go to extra time. They don’t deserve to lose over 90 minutes. He [Zlatan] made the difference and he gave us a cup.”
The Swede headed home the winner from six yards out in the 87th minute after earlier scoring the opener in a hugely entertaining affair at Wembley as United sealed their first major trophy under Manager Jose Mourinho.
Southampton however, gave a good account of themselves, with Manolo Gabbiadini scoring twice after having what would have
been the opening goal wrongly disallowed as offside. They halved the deficit on the brink of half-time through Gabbiadini’s close-range finish, and were level just three minutes after the restart through the Italian’s superb effort into the bottom right corner on the turn from 15 yards. Some might even go as far as saying that United were incredibly fortunate to win this final, considering the wrongly called offside.
But despite some clear chances for Claude Puel’s side to earn their first big piece of silverware since 1976, Ibrahimovic’s stint towards the end of the match carried the day, giving Mourinho his fourth League Cup – to equal the record of Sir Alex Ferguson, who was in attendance, and Brian Clough – and became the first manager to win a trophy in his first season in charge of United.