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Zlatan celebrates EFL Cup in typically modest style


A Zlatan Ibrahimovic masterclass helped Jose Mourinho to his first trophy as Manchester United manager.

The Red Devils beat Southampton 3-2 in controversial circumstances after Manolo Gabbiadini’s first half goal was ruled out for the Saints, and it’s fair to say the Italian also gave a brilliant account of himself with his two goals.

It was Ibra who had the final say, however, scoring a late header to break Southampton hearts.

It’s been an incredible debut season for the Swedish superstar in England despite his age.

Yet, the 35-year-old insists he never had any doubts about how he would fare in the Premier League.

“No, no. This is what I predicted. Everything I thought would happen,” he told Sky Sports.

“The only thing is the others didn’t see it. And I came here to show them what I saw and what I would do.

“Apparently, to many I could not do it, but I keep going and doing what I am doing every year.”


After a half-century of goals last season with Paris Saint-Germain, Ibra is now on 25 this term with United.

Once again, he stole the show from £89million man Paul Pogba, but it has to be said United are incredibly fortunate to be going home with the EFL Cup.

Southampton were hugely impressive, especially coming from 2-0 down, but it was Ibrahimovic’s class that proved the cutting edge.

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