Manchester United 3 Southampton 2 in the EFL Cup Final at Wembley

Manchester United played and beat Southampton in the League (EFL) Cup final yesterday at Wembley in a superb game. Some cup finals are dull and some cup finals are very one sided. However, this game was brilliant and seemed to have everything with end to end football.

Man of the Match Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored first from a freekick, followed by a strike from Jesse Lingard in the first half but that didn’t tell the whole story. As Southampton were the strangley the better team and had a goal of their own disallowed for off side when it clearly wasn’t.

New saints striker Gabbiadini scored on the stroke of half-time to keep the game alive and within ten minutes of the second half he’d scored again. More chances came and went then for both teams, but Zlatan was the man in the right place again as he headed the winner with just minutes to go.

Manchester United 3 vs Southampton 2 – The attendance was  85,264 and our player ratings are listed below:

Manchester United Football Club

Zlatan was United’s best player and match winner

David de Gea   7
Antonio Valencia   6
Eric Bailly   5
Chris Smalling   6
Marcos Rojo   5
Ander Herrera   8
Paul Pogba   6
Juan Mata   6
Jesse Lingard   7
Anthony Martial   5
Zlatan Ibrahimovic   9

Subs:
Michael Carrick   7   (46 mins)
Marcus Rashford   4   (77 mins)
Marouane Fellaini    n/a   (90 mins)

Southampton Football Club

Gabbiadini was the Saints’ best player but ended up on the losing team

Fraser Forster   6
Cedric Soares   5
Jack Stephens   6
Maya Yoshida   7
Ryan Bertrand   6
James Ward-Prowse   7
Oriol Romeu   6
Steven Davis   7
Nathan Redmond   8
Dusan Tadic   6
Manolo Gabbiadini   9

Subs:
Sofiane Boufal   3 (77 mins)
Shane Long   3   (83 mins)
Jay Rodriguez   n/a   (90 mins)

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