Date: 27th February 2017 at 7:38am
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Manchester United won the EFL Cup Final with a dramatic late-winner in a five goal thriller at Wembley Stadium.

For long periods of the game Manchester United were second best to a lively Southampton side that can consider themselves unlucky not to have at least taken the game to extra time.

It was perhaps one of those games where you might ponder as to whether a good team underperforming got lucky!

Southampton, after a bright start, thought they`d taken the lead when a cross into the six-yard box was turned home by Gabbiadini, thankfully the assistant referee had flagged for offside and the goal was disallowed. Television replays were to later prove the scorer was onside and the goal should have been given.

However, Manchester United were struggling to cope with the play being stretched wide and Southampton looked the more likely side to go ahead.

But, perhaps as a sign of things to come, it was to be Manchester United that were to take the lead. Romeu fouled Herrera and up-stepped Ibrahimovic to float a free kick over the wall and beyond the despairing dive of Forster.

Southampton responded well though and questions were asked of the Manchester United defence as, once again, the attacking full-backs stretched the defence.

But against the run of play Manchester United were to double their lead when Lingard, after an intricate build-up, side-footed the ball into the net from the edge of the area.

Manchester United were leading 2-0 despite being the second best team on the pitch.

As half-time approached Southampton got their reward for their part in the half when Gabiadini was on hand to finish off yet another of the enticing balls into the six-yard area.

Half-Time – Manchester United 2 Southampton 1.

The second half, once again, saw Southampton start well and inside three minutes they were back on level terms when, in a goalmouth melee Gabbiadini was on hand to expertly swivel and fire the ball past De Gea.

Southampton continued to look the better side and were unlucky not to go ahead when Romeu saw his header, from a set-piece, crash against the post and Redmond, hitting a sweet a volley as you`ll ever see, forced De Gea into a fine save.

But, with extra-time looking inevitable Manchester United broke the Southampton hearts when Ibrahimovic was on hand to head his second goal of the game past Forster, football, as Southampton found out, can be a harsh game, as Manchester United climbed the Wembley steps to collect the first major silverware of the season.