Full-time: Manchester United 3-2 Southampton

  • Jose Mourinho becomes the first Manchester United manager to win major silverware during his first season in charge thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 87th-minute winner at Wembley
  • Ibrahimovic arrows in a 25-yard free-kick after Manolo Gabbiadini sees an early goal incorrectly ruled out for offside
  • United extend their lead against the run of play when Jesse Lingard, starting ahead of Wayne Rooney in the absence of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, adds to his Wembley haul with a tidy low finish
  • The prolific Gabbiadini hands Southampton a lifeline in first-half stoppage-time by turning home a low cross from James Ward-Prowse
  • £14m January signing Gabbiadini hooks in his fifth goal in three matches just four minutes after the interval and Oriol Romeu later strikes the post with a header
  • Ibrahimovic emphatically heads Ander Herrera's centre past Fraser Forster from close range to seal his 32nd career trophy
  • Mourinho, who has still never lost an English domestic cup final, joins Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough as a four-time League Cup winner
  • Victory also sees United, who claim a fifth League Cup win in their ninth final, match Liverpool's 44-trophy haul
  • Southampton have still not won a major trophy since defeating the Red Devils in the 1976 FA Cup final
  • Premier League: Tottenham 4-0 Stoke
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That just about does it for our minute-by-minute coverage of a pulsating EFL Cup final. Stay tuned to IBTimes UK for post-match reaction from both managers.

We will also be back tomorrow evening to bring you live action from the King Power Stadium as fallen champions Leicester City begin the post-Claudio Ranieri era with a tough home tie against Liverpool.

Until then, goodnight.


Huge cheers for Mourinho after Rooney hoists the trophy aloft.



Rooney leads his United teammates up to receive the trophy. You could be forgiven for thinking that Mourinho had just lost that final, judging by the rather annoyed look on his face.



The dejected Southampton players head up the Wembley steps to collect their runners-up medals.

They will not want to be patronised, but Puel's side put up one hell of a fight this afternoon.



Manchester United win the EFL Cup



Manchester United 3-2 Southampton


A late Redmond shot is charged down and Cedric fells man-of-the-moment Ibrahimovic, allowing United to take more valuable seconds off the clock.


Four minutes of added time for Southampton to find an equaliser. Mourinho was set to send on Rooney before that Ibrahimovic header, but now it is Fellaini who is called upon to replace Martial.

The skipper returns to the bench after hugging assistant boss Rui Faria in sheer jubilation.


Is that the goal that secures United their first piece of major silverware under Mourinho?

An unmarked Ibrahimovic emphatically heads home Herrera's accurate cross from the middle of the six-yard box. Forster had no chance.

Heartbreak for the Saints. Jay Rodriguez replaces Davis.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic


Goal: Manchester United 3-2 Southampton (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)


Ibrahimovic proves his worth in a defensive capacity by intervening to clear Stephens' goal-bound header from a corner.


Bertrand is set free down the left and his inviting low cross evades everyone in the penalty area. Puel appeals in vain for a penalty after Smalling goes over with Long at the near post.


The towering Forster uses his feet to divert Rashford's meaty left-footed strike wide. Ibrahimovic can do nothing from the subsequent corner.


Another low shot from Redmond nicks off Carrick's heel and wide. Rojo heads away Ward-Prowse's latest corner.

With less than 10 minutes of normal time remaining, Gabbiadini makes way for Long. The Italian rightly receives a standing ovation.


Southampton have been mightily impressive today, but they are beginning to show real signs of tiredness now as the clock ticks down towards the end of 90 minutes.

United are in the ascendancy.


Lingard slices a powerful half-volley agonisingly over the crossbar from close range following good work from the increasingly influential Martial.

That was to be the 24-year-old's final contribution as he jogs off to be replaced by Rashford.

Puel also sends on fit again record signing Boufal in place of Tadic.


Pogba battles his way past Romeu and Yoshida. He receives a lovely pass back from Ibrahimovic and only a strong challenge from Cedric denies him a shooting opportunity.


Redmond lurks menacingly in the box before the ball is knocked backed for De Gea to hastily boot clear.

It looks like Marcus Rashford is going to see the pitch before Rooney as Ibrahimovic crashes a disappointing free-kick into the wall.


Herrera opts to take a quick free-kick from the right and Carrick winds up a long-range shot that is blocked.


Crucial defending from Yoshida to snuff out the danger posed by Lingard after a damaging run from Martial.


Southampton fans decide to light up one half of Wembley with their phones, for some reason.

"What the f*****g hell is that?" comes the response.

It looks like Rooney is preparing to come on for United...




Romeu, certainly not what you would call a regular goalscorer, gets up above Pogba and heads Ward-Prowse's corner against the post.

That chance was created after Davis released Cedric with a sumptuous flick down the right channel. Valencia had to turn the ball behind.

Oriol Romeu


Herrera is caught with an elbow by Romeu and goes down clutching his face. That could easily have been a second yellow.