Manchester Utd 3 Soton 2

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 South­ampton 2, Wemb­ley Sta­dium, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup Fi­nal, Feb­ruary 26, 2017. Man­chester Uni­ted won the Lea­gue Cup for the fifth time in their his­tory as they edged out fel­low Pre­mier Lea­gue te­am South­ampton by 3-2 in front of a 85,000 crowd at Wemb­ley thanks to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic brace and a goal by Jesse Lingard. 

On their way to Wemb­ley, Man­chester Uni­ted had knock­ed out Northamp­ton To­wn, Man­chester City, West Ham Uni­ted, and Hull City, where­as South­ampton had over­come Crys­tal Pal­ace, Sun­der­land, Ar­senal, and Liver­pool to get there. The So­uth Coast­ers had the ball in the net early on, but Man­olo Gabbiadini´s ef­fort was dis­al­lowed for off­side. Ex-Par­is Saint-Ger­main marks­man Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scor­ing ac­count for Man­chester Uni­ted wi­th a dev­ast­at­ing free-kick from 25 yards out in the 19th min­ute of the clash be­fore at­tack minded mid­field young­ster Jesse Lin­gard doubled the ad­vant­age for the Old Traf­ford club when he put a well pla­ced shot in­to the back of the net af­ter 38 min­utes of fierce ac­tion. Claude Puel´s South­ampton si­de hit back as Gab­bi­adini net­ted for The Saints in the 45th and 48th min­ute of the Lea­gue Cup Fi­nal re­spect­ively, but this mat­ch was destined to be Ibrahimovic´s oc­ca­sion. Wi­th as little as a mere three min­utes re­maining of nor­mal time, Zlatan sco­red the win­ner for Jose Mourinho´s men when he nod­ded an An­der Her­rera cross pa­st So­ton goal­keeper Fraser For­ster and in­to the net from six yards out to hand Uni­ted a 3-2 tri­umph. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Eric Bailly, Mar­cos Rojo, Chris Small­ing, An­tonio Va­lencia, An­der Her­rera, Ju­an Ma­ta, Jesse Lin­gard, Paul Po­gba, An­thony Mar­tial, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Sub­stitutes: Ser­gio Rom­ero, Da­ley Bli­nd, Ash­ley Young, Mi­chael Car­rick, Mar­ou­ane Fel­laini, Mar­cus Rash­ford, Way­ne Roo­ney. South­ampton Te­am: Fraser For­ster, Cedric Soares, Jack Ste­phens, Maya Yoshida, Ry­an Ber­trand, Ste­ven Dav­is, Dusan Tadic, Ja­mes Wa­rd-Prowse, Nat­han Red­mond, Ori­ol Romeu, Man­olo Gab­bi­adini. Sub­stitutes: Mouez Hassen, Pierre Emile Ho­jb­jerg, Sofi­ane Boufal, Sam Mc­Queen, Mar­tin Caceres, Shane Long, Jay Rodriguez.

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