Zlatan Ibrahimovic once again grabbed the headlines after he headed a late winner to secure Jose Mourinho’s first piece of major silverware since taking over at Manchester United.
The reds left it late as they beat Southampton 3-2 in the cup final at Wembley, with a brave Southampton side arguably being the better side for the majority of the match, but it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic who stole the show, heading home the winner from six yards out in the 87th minute, after scoring the opener in the 19th minute.
Southampton were wrongly disallowed a goal through new signing Manolo Gabbiadini. It came from Cedric’s low cross into the box, which left Gabbiadini with a tap in from six yards out. Video replays from Sky Sports show that it was wrongly flagged as offside, as Gabbiadini was behind Chris Smalling.
Despite the Saints looking sharp in attack, Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted United a goal up through a majestic free kick from 25 yards, curling over the wall towards the bottom left of the goal. United then doubled their lead as Jesse Lingard rose to Wembley occasion yet again, scoring in three cup finals for Manchester United, this time seven minutes before half time.
Just on the stroke of half time, Southampton halved the deficit through a much deserved close range finish by Gabbiadini. Redmond played the ball down the right to Ward-Prowse who drilled the ball to the near post, only to meet Gabbiadini getting in front of Eric Bailly and slotting it through the legs of David De Gea.
Southampton proved that the brink of half time is the best time to score as just three minutes after the restart Gabbiadini equalised through the Italian’s fantastic effort into the bottom right corner on the snapshot turn from 15 yards out.
Despite some clear chances from the Saints, Zlatan headed it past Fraser Forster with three minutes to go, preventing Southampton from winning their first piece of silverware since 1976.
The win see’s Jose Mourinho’s impressive cup final stats go one further, winning 11 of his last 13 cup finals in his managerial career.