- Zlatan opens, closes scoring
- Mourinho wins first tourney with Utd
- Lingard scores
- Gabbiadini with Saints brace
Zlatan Ibrahimovic rose to the occasion at Wembley Stadium, scoring early and late as Manchester United defeated Southampton 3-2 in an instant classic EFL Cup Final on Sunday.
Jesse Lingard also scored as Jose Mourinho became the first manager to win a League Cup with two sides (Chelsea).
Manolo Gabbiadini scored twice as Saints erased a 2-0 deficit in their first final since 1979.
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Saints earned a corner with their first true bit of possession, which came almost exclusively from the dribbling of Nathan Redmond. It led to another corner, which Pogba eventually sent free of trouble.
Poor defending from United from Marcos Rojo nearly put Saints in front, but an incorrectly ruled offside Manolo Gabbiadini put the ball in the goal.
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Gabbiadini then fed James Ward-Prowse for a strong shot that De Gea did very well to slap away.
Soon after, it was Dusan Tadic‘s turn. Cued up by Redmond, he forced De Gea into another excellent save.
Lingard made it 2-0 before halftime, given plenty of room to position Rojo’s pass for a successful strike.
But Gabbiadini got his goal just before the break, slipping behind Eric Bailly to poke home Saints’ first.
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The second half began just as lively, with De Gea making a stop on Redmond’s solid effort from inside the 18.
And Saints earned the corner that led to their equalizer moments later, Gabbiadini again the proverbial fox in the box to score on a half turn.
The game had passed the hour mark when Romeu headed a chance off the post.
Pogba and Ibrahimovic presided over another free kick in the 74th minute, but the wall did its job to keep the score 2-2.
That’s when United won it. Ibrahimovic blazed down the field on a counter attack, but slowed up to let the Red Devils set up shop. Martial found Herrera on the right side of the box, and cross for the noggin of Ibrahimovic, who headed through the hands of Forster.