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Manchester United fend off Southampton fightback to win classic cup final

With all the momentum and support Southampton had on this very special day, it would seem no surprise at all that they would keep on pushing till the final whistle against a buoyant Manchester United side. But there was no reason to be afraid… especially when you had the clinical Manolo Gabbiadini up front…however there was the ruthless Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the field as well…

The game begun with Southampton starting the brighter of the two sides as Manolo Gabbiadini almost made an instant impact…only for the flag to be raised for an offside decision. But the deadlock was broken in the 19th minute when Zlatan Ibrahimovic, no stranger to cup finals (having won 31 finals in his career prior to the match), fired in a superb swinging free-kick to kick start for what would become a classic Wembley final.

But when Jesse Lingard’s precise finish doubled United’s advantage seven minutes before the interval, it was as though the Southampton fans were left in a hole of despair and misery.

Whilst it seemed that the lively Southampton spirits had gradually died off, Manolo Gabbiadini clearly did not seemed to be affected as his close-range finish on the stroke of half-time pulled a goal back for the Saints.

Early in the second period, the Italian repeated the trick as a predatory strike brought the scores level at 2-2…with everyone United fan (absolutely) stunned. The tables had turned…

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Manolo Gabbiadini becomes an instant hero for the Saints with two important goals

 

At this point, the Southampton fans were over the moon as the chant Oh when the Saints come marching on alarmingly rung from every area of the Saints section.

Orion Romeu could have given the Saints a dream lead- only to be denied by the woodwork as the Saints kept on pressing in pursuit of this late winner.

All of a sudden, Zlatan Ibrahimovic came up on the other end to thunder home a header for what would be the winning goal in this EFL Cup final as late as the 87th minute.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic thunders home a header to give United their second silverware this season

 

Now it was the Saints that looked broken. Heart-broken. For all their efforts had come to vain. When referee Andre Marriner blew the final whistle, it seemed as though every Southampton player wished for the ground to swallow them up. Despite the late heart-break, this performance will still give the whole team pride on how they gave United a great cup final and how they pushed on until the final whistle. Painful flashbacks will come but there is of course the strong memory on how the Saints got here to the final…

 

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2 thoughts on “Manchester United fend off Southampton fightback to win classic cup final

  1. Really agree ,the saints were great on that day making the final to be hard fought! They earn the respects ! Being a football match there has to be a winner, but it wasn’t just their day .

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