Zlatan Heads United To EFL Cup Glory.

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WEMBLEY- Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two goals to see Manchester United lift the EFL Cup trophy in a thrilling 3-2 win against Southampton.

The match started off with high intensity from both sides but Southampton were looking better in the opening stages.

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In the 10th minute, Cedric played the ball into the box and Manolo Gabbiadini slotted the ball into the net only to see the offside flag wrongly go up in a controversial call that denied the Saints an early lead.

Despite the disallowed goal, Southampton remained on top and still looked likely to open the scoring.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave United a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute, putting his free kick into the bottom left corner after Romeu was booked for a foul on Herrera.

Against the run of play, the favourites took the lead and all it did was make Southampton play even better, as they kept probing for an equalizer. James Ward-Prowse had his low hard shot saved by De Gea to keep it 1-0 at the time.

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It went from bad to worse for Southampton after some nice play from United, Rojo played the ball into Jesse Lingard who was wide open at the top of the box and curved the ball into the bottom right corner to give United a 2-0 lead. Lingard making it 3 goals in 3 finals at Wembley for United.

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Southampton were given a life-line when Manolo Gabbiadini put the ball through De Gea’s legs after a pass from Ward-Prowse and his goal stood this time, making it 2-1 at halftime.

After a first half that was dominated by Southampton, Mourinho made a change at halftime seeing Michael Carrick replace Juan Mata.

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It was a dream start to the second half for Southampton. Manolo Gabbiadini got his 5th goal in 3 games to tie it up 2-2 within the first few minutes of the second half with a beautiful volley into the bottom right corner.

After the equalizer it was a very intense and fast game, with both teams giving their all to grab the winner. It was back and forth and very hard to call a winner.

United put Marcus Rashford on for Jesse Lingard and Southampton replaced their goalscorer with Shane Long as both teams wanted to win before extra-time.

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Who else but Zlatan Ibrahimovic to win it late on for the Red Devils, the big Swede was unmarked in the box and Herrera’s nice cross connected with Ibrahimovic who’s header was too powerful to stop.

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A good defensive effort from United in stoppage time saw them win the 2017 EFL Cup making it 4 wins in their last 4 finals in this competition.

Ibrahimovic now has 26 goals in all competition this season and was named Man of The Match after his late winner. He also has 12 goals in cup finals in his career.

Defeat will leave a sour taste in Southampton players’ and fans’ mouths, but they will hold their heads up high after a huge battle with England’s most successful club.

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