United 3 - 2 Southampton
Valencia Smalling Bailly Rojo
Lingard(Rashford) Mata(Carrick) Martial(Fellaini)
We didn't deserve to win. We were outplayed. But who cares? We've brought another piece of silverware to Old Trafford and that's what counts. Southampton were unlucky. Very unlucky. They had a goal wrongly disallowed and also hit the post. If I am honest I was surprised with how well the Saints played. The difference was, however, that we were much more efficient in front of goal and that's what brought the cup home. After years of hating Ibrahimovic, I can finally see what the hype was about. He can walk for 90 minutes of a game but still win it for you. In a game when a lot of our players let us down, he was undoubtedly the man of the match.
Our defenders didn't have the best of games. DDG had to be on his toes to keep the Saints out and produced some excellent reflex saves. Nothing he could do about the goals we conceded though. Mata was very quiet and Martial's only good thing was his pass to Herrera who then produced an inch perfect cross that led to the winner. I was quite surprised to see Lingard start the game but he seems to love Wembley and scored a fine goal today too. That's his third goal at Wembley in about 9 months. Pogba showed a few flashes of brilliance but I expected more from him. His midfield partner, Herrera, had a very good game though. He was involved in both our first and third goal.
With so many games coming up I feel that we may be in trouble though. You could see that Southampton were fresher. They last played on the 11th of February. Since then United played three games (one of them in France). Despite the depth in squad, Mourinho seems to trust the same group of players and perhaps that's taking its toll on some of them. Whatever happens, Mou must make sure that we get into the Champions League next year because that really does matter.
So, another trophy. Mourinho's first major trophy for Manchester United. Our 5th League Cup win and our 42nd major honour (excl. Charity Shield). We are now officially England's most successful football club with 42 major trophies. Well done to all the players and the manager. May this be a springboard to greater things. Come on United!