Jose Mourinho Looked Absolutely Gutted To Win The EFL Cup Final

Phil Neville

Phil Neville

United step out at Wembley against Southampton on Sunday looking to avenge the FA Cup final defeat of 1976 and, far more importantly, win their first major trophy under the Portuguese.

Mourinho, who had won 10 of his last 12 cup finals before the game, started Ibrahimovic at Wembley, while fit-again Wayne Rooney was on the bench. Extra time loomed, but if there was one player who could decide the game, it was Ibrahimovic. "It's not easy to win titles so many times, it's not easy to cope with that pressure that I put myself under with my career", Mourinho said.

"No, [there was no fall out] no I think it was a football reason or a style or something like that but we never had a personal problem".

The 36-year-old struck his 25th and 26th goals of the season to help United to the trophy, but his future at the club is uncertain as he has a one-year contract.

The midfielder had been struggling with a calf problem after limping off in midweek against St Etienne, but manager Jose Mourinho confirmed on Friday that he will be available for selection. But the longer the season goes on the more Mourinho is transforming United into the relentless proposition all his finest sides have been.

Key statistic: Southampton hasn't allowed a goal in the cup this season, recording five clean-sheet victories. With United enjoying decent spell, Lingard should have scored in the 76 minute when he got a clear chance, but he hit it well over the bar.

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The Italian striker looked to have secured an 11th-minute lead for Southampton in their first major final appearance since 2003, turning Cedric Soares' cross beyond Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea from six yards. He made his debut at this stadium a year ago to give his club the Community Shield, by scoring a scintillating header in the dying minutes of the game.

Ibrahimovic interjected: "Bought him?"

"I told you at my last press conference that the questions you are asking me were questions for him".

Match-winner Ibrahimovic said: "This is a team effort".

He spoke about United's Europa League tie with Rostov that was announced this morning. United is now sixth, two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal. Of the 21 games the 35-year-old has been involved in, United have won 16, drawn four and lost just one.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as Manchester United lifted the EFL Cup with a 3-2 win over Southampton in an outstanding game at Wembley.