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Summary

  1. Listen on BBC Radio 5 live using the audio button
  2. Ibrahimovic heads in for late Man Utd glory
  3. Gabbiadini had scored twice to bring Saints back to 2-2
  4. Lingard and Ibrahimovic gave United 2-0 lead
  5. Mourinho could become first Man Utd boss to win trophy in first season
  6. Southampton looking for first major trophy since 1976

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By Shamoon Hafez

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Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

One of THE great cup finals.

  • Jose Mourinho joins legends Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough in winning the League Cup four times.
  • Mourinho becomes the first Manchester United manager to win a major trophy in his first season.
  • Mourinho keeps up a 100% winning record in English domestic finals.

But it is Zlatan Ibrahimovic's name which will be at the top of the headlines after the Swede scored twice, including a late winner, to give United victory over Southampton.

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'We had a fantastic game without reward'

Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

Southampton

Southampton boss Claude Puel on Sky Sports:  "Congratulations to Manchester United. They were too clinical. But we proved we can play very well with many chances and opportunities.

"We came back with quality. Perhaps we deserve better. It's football and congratulations to Manchester and their players.

"Manolo Gabbiadini scored three good goals this afternoon (including the disallowed goal). There's a lot of disappointment of course.

"We had a fantastic game without the reward. I hope we can continue on this level."

Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

.@SouthamptonFC be proud of your performance today. Yes we didn't win, but the way you played & created chances was superb👏🏽 Congrats Man U🏆

It is Manchester United who are Walking Away with the trophy.

'Winning is always special'

Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

Manchester United

Man United boss Jose Mourinho on Sky Sports: " I'm a bit emotional yes. It's not easy to win titles and so many times. It's not easy to cope with the pressure I put myself under.

"It was a game I was feeling the difficulty. I want to pay homage to Southampton and what they deserve. We have the cup in our hands and probably should be in extra time.

"Winning is always special. The day I don't get emotional when I win is the day to go home.

"Now we have one month in the Premier League and Rostov in the Europa League and Chelsea in the FA Cup and we have so much to play for.

"But today I could feel the difference between freshness in the teams - if we had gone to extra time we would have been in trouble."

'Zlatan gave us the cup'

Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

Manchester United

Man United boss Jose Mourinho on Sky Sports: “Honestly, Ibrahimovic won the game for us because he was outstanding. I can see a couple of performances - Pogba similar level - but he was outstanding. 

"In a match where the opponent was better than us for long periods - they deserved to go to extra time - he made the difference and he gave us the cup."

Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

Here is what Jose Mourinho said...

Manchester United win EFL Cup

Ian Wright

Former Arsenal striker on 606

Just watching him be interviewed on the TV and Jose Mourinho is yet to crack a smile. He looks like someone has given him some really rubbish news. 

Apart from Ibrahimovic, I have to say the rest of the Manchester United players didn't play well today. 

If the rest of the team get on Zlatan's level then yes, Manchester United will do well next season. 

Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

Alan Shearer

Ex-Southampton striker on BBC Radio 5 live

Zlatan made all the difference. It was a stunning free kick. 

The way he used all of his experience - not just in his two goals but everywhere on the pitch, he deserves that Man of the Match trophy. 

'Today was a big one'

Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick on Sky Sports: "We weren't at our best. It was a terrific final. Sometimes teams cancel each other out but both teams went for it.

"Winning is all that matters in finals and hopefully this will kick us on.

"People keep asking questions of Zlatan - to play that number of games is an achievement - and he's scored no goal bigger than today.

"He's won us the cup. It's hard to explain how big it was. The FA Cup was big last year and today was a big one - we sensed it."

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick
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Manchester United win EFL Cup

A dab from Paul Pogba with the trophy. Of course.

Paul Pogba celebrates
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Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

Alan Shearer

Ex-Southampton striker on BBC Radio 5 live

Southampton players weer shaking their heads as they walked up the steps as they wonder what could have been. 

I think they certainly had more energy than Manchester United for most of the match. 

They can feel very unlucky they are only collecting losers medals. 

'I came - that's special'

Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

Manchester United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba have been interviewed together on Sky Sports.

Pogba: "It is very important for everyone. I'm very happy. That's why we bought him. To make the difference in important games."

Ibrahimovic on deciding to join United: "I got a call from Jose Mourinho - I have a good relationship with him and that's why I came. I know I made the right choice. I predicted what I would do.

"I came - that's special."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Manchester United win EFL Cup

Jose Mourinho is passed the three-handled trophy by Paul Pogba and arms aloft, raises it towards the Manchester United supporters.

Past and present celebrate as Sir Alex Ferguson raises a smile in the stands.

Jose Mourinho
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BreakingCHAMPAGNE MOMENT

Manchester United win EFL Cup

🏆🏆🏆

Wayne Rooney lifts the trophy.

Manchester United are the EFL Cup champions.

Jose Mourinho becomes the first United manager to win a trophy in his first season at the club.

Wayne Rooney
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Manchester United win EFL Cup

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is named the man of the match.

Surprise, surprise.

Manchester United win EFL Cup

Now Jose Mourinho, security around him, trots up the steps, the last man up.

Manchester United win EFL Cup

Wayne Rooney is still at the club and leads his players up the steps to collect the trophy.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho watches on from down on the pitch.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
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'Trophy No 32 for me'

Manchester United win EFL Cup

Manchester United

Manchester United match-winner Zlatan Ibrahimovic, speaking to Sky Sports: "This is a team effort. This is what I came for - to win and I am winning. The more I win the more satisfied I get.

"You appreciate it more the older you get. Wherever I have gone I have won. I think this is trophy number 32 for me.

"This is what I predicted. To many I could not do it. My friend, I keep doing it. I'm enjoying it in England."

Jose Mourinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Manchester United win EFL Cup

Alan Shearer

Ex-Southampton striker on BBC Radio 5 live

Congratulations to Manchester United. They were under the cosh for much of the second half but what a great match. It had everything. There were goals, disallowed goals, could have been sendings off. 

Both sets of players, managers and fans have had a great day - it's been a joy to be here.  

Manchester United used all their experience and got there in the end. 

Deserved winners? Difficult one. 

Because you have someone like Zlatan Ibrahimovic in your side you have always, always got a chance. So in that respect, yes it is deserved. 

Manchester United win EFL Cup

The Southampton players make the disappointing walk up the Wembley steps to collect their runners-up medals.

Saints were the better side in the match, but lapses in concentration cost them.

Manchester United gain revenge for the 1976 FA Cup final.

Manchester United win EFL Cup

They signed him on a free, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been a priceless acquisition for Manchester United.

26 goals for the season now, including two in the EFL Cup final against Southampton.

It is the 19th major trophy of his illustrious career and first for United.

"This is what I came for, I came to win," he tells Sky Sports.

Big game player.

Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

The Southampton players are devastated.

They did not concede any goals on their run to the final but let in three at Wembley.

Southampton dejection
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Southampton dejection
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FULL-TIME

Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

It's four in four for Jose Mourinho, as Manchester United beat Southampton in an epic EFL Cup final.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic with the winning goal three minutes from time.

Manchester United celebrate
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Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

Match-winner Zlatan Ibrahimovic earns a free-kick deep in the attacking half.

Time is up.

Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

Pumped into the Manchester United area...

...it falls to Ryan Bertrand...

...but the left-backs shot is blocked by a red shirt.

United almost there.

Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

Can Southampton take it into extra time???

Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

INTO THE LAST MINUTE.

Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

Clever from Paul Pogba, goes down under a challenge from a Southampton man.

Eats away a few more seconds.

Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

"We'll never die, we'll never die, we'll keep the red flag flying high," sing the United fans at Wembley.

120 seconds left.

Southampton need to get the ball forward.

Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

Is there a twist left in this match? Can Southampton reply as they did early in the match?

Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

The 90 minutes are up.

FOUR ADDED ON.

SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

Wayne Rooney was getting ready to come on, his tracksuit was off and he celebrated the goal wildly but he won't be making his entrance anymore.

On comes Marouane Fellaini instead, replacing Anthony Martial.

Southampton have to go for it and send on striker Jay Rodriguez for Steven Davies.

One minute left.

Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

Alan Shearer

Ex-Southampton striker on BBC Radio 5 live

What a ball that was into Ibrahimovic and no way was he going to miss that.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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GOAL - Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

It is him again, who else!!

From getting away at one end, United score at the other.

Ander Herrera's cross is pin-point onto the head of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who heads home from six yards out.

No way he was missing that.

Heartbreak for the Saints.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Manchester United celebrate
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Man Utd 2-2 Southampton

United break to the other end...

OFF THE LINE!

Man Utd 2-2 Southampton

Oh so close for Southampton.

Ryan Bertrand puts a brilliant ball into the area, not for the first time, but Shane Long cannot prod it home.

From the resulting corner, Zlatan Ibrahimovic heads Jack Stephens's effort off the line.

Man Utd 2-2 Southampton

Wayne Rooney taking instructions from assistant manager Rui Faria.

The bib is off.