EFL Cup final: Manchester United 3-2 Southampton

Jose Mourinho has revealed that he abandoned his plan of introducing Wayne Rooney for Ander Herrera during Manchester United's 3-2 League Cup final win after the Spaniard provided the assist for Zlatan Ibrahimovic's late victor.

After Ibrahimovic produced another age-defying, match-winning display and took his tally for the season to 26 goals, Mourinho said he would not "beg" Ibrahimovic to prolong his stay.

United's preparations have not been helped, however, by the distraction of their Europa league engagement with Saint-Étienne who they saw off 4-0 on aggregate on Wednesday. "I have to keep going because the more I win the more satisfied I get".

"You appreciate winning more the older you get, it's all about winning and collecting trophies. This is my 32nd trophy, wherever I have been I have won". I think this is trophy number 32 for me.

Jose Mourinho: "If they want it more than us, they win".

Victory on Saturday would bring Mourinho level with his United predecessor Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough, who jointly hold the record as the most successful managers in League Cup history. I'm hungry to do more. "Because he did fantastic work, his team did fantastic work, his team deserved extra-time and to lose minute 87 with very little time to try to react like they did in first-half is a little unfair on them".

"If you look at the teams we've beaten on the way to the final, there's no reason why we can't do that when we face Man United", he said.

The south coast side were dealt another sucker punch in the 38th minute though when Marcos Rojo found Lingard in far too much space and the young striker clinically guided a shot past the wrong-footed Forster.

Southampton got back to 2-2 after two quick strikes from Gabbiadini either side of half-time.

Ibrahimovic joined United on a free transfer in the summer, but he has the option to extend his stay by another year.

"In that way we hope United will win at the weekend and one of biggest clubs wins the FA Cup, because then it's possible seventh in the table can play for qualification for the Europa League".

  • Julie Sanders


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