Manchester United will be taking on Southampton in the EFL Cup Final on Sunday. The Red Devils have won the trophy four times before in their history, their last triumph coming back in 2010 when they took a 2-1 win over Aston Villa. So it has been a long wait for them to get back there but they are going as favourites as they face off against fellow Premier League outfit Southampton at Wembley. Will the Red Devils became the joint second most successful side in the history of the League Cup with a win?
The Red Devils have suffered only the two defeats in their last 15 games against Southampton in all competitions and they have lost only one of their last 25 games across all competitions as well. So they have been in fine form, collecting 18 clean sheets this season in all competitions and having shipped only the one goal in their last seven games played. So Southampton appear to have a pretty tough time ahead of them at Wembley on Sunday.
The Red Devils have Zlatan Ibrahimovic in fantastic form and it is expected that he could make a telling contribution to United’s cause on the day. His goals have helped United go along not only in the EFL Cup, but also in the FA Cup where United are in the quarter finals, and they are in the last 16 draw of the UEFA Europa League too, as well as trying to put pressure on in the Premier League for a top four finish. The winner of the EFL Cup automatically gets a spot in the third qualifying round of next seasons’ UEFA Europa League.
Southampton have only ever made one appearance in the final of the League Cup and that was a long time ago, back in 1979 when they suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest at Wembley. Southampton have only kept two clean sheets in their last nine games in all competitions and so there are vulnerabilities at the back from them and while they have had a lot of extra rest recently compared to the busy schedule of Manchester United, the Saints still go as underdogs for the EFL Cup Final on Sunday.
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