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United, Southampton eye cup success

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 By Andy Mitten

Man United enjoy EFL Cup triumph, their first major trophy under Mourinho

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said that even though he talks a big game, he always backs it up on the pitch.
The FC boys praise Zlatan's showing in the EFL Cup and debate whether this is crucial for Man United going forward.

LONDON -- Almost two hours after the final whistle, Manchester United's players waited around the team coach beneath Wembley's vast stands. The club secretary had already walked back to the bus, clutching plastic bags containing the players' EFL Cup trophies for safekeeping. Some players have never won medals again after such celebrations at Wembley.

Nearby, former manager Sir Alex Ferguson and scoring star Sir Bobby Charlton smiled, as did United vice chairman Ed Woodward, who made his way...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Ibrahimovic wins EFL Cup for Man United to top Player Power Rankings

The FC boys praise Zlatan's showing in the EFL Cup and debate whether this is crucial for Man United going forward.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic added an EFL Cup win to his impressive medal collection, but what does he do with them all?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said that even though he talks a big game, he always backs it up on the pitch.

Also receiving votes: Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Kostas Mitroglou (Benfica).

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 By Nick Miller

EFL Cup is just the beginning for Man Utd but could be Southampton's end

The FC boys praise Zlatan's showing in the EFL Cup and debate whether this is crucial for Man United going forward.
Paul Mariner and Sebastian Salazar discuss Man United's capture of the EFL Cup trophy, and if Southampton deserved more.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic rose to the occasion with a dramatic game-winner to seal the League Cup title for Man United.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic rose to the occasion with a dramatic game-winner to seal the League Cup title for Man United.

"The reality is I want more."

Of all the things Jose Mourinho could have said in the aftermath of an EFL Cup final win over Southampton on Sunday, that was among the least surprising. This was, after all, a manager who has won 21 trophies in the last 13 years (24 if you count the Community Shield and its national variants), speaking an hour or so after succeeding in what was Manchester United's third- or fourth-biggest priority. Bigger things lie ahead. Or that's the plan, at least.

In the press...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Trending: Ibrahimovic on a par with Cantona, Henderson injured

The FC boys praise Zlatan's showing in the EFL Cup and debate whether this is crucial for Man United going forward.
Jose Mourinho insists Zlatan Ibrahimovic's success since his decision to move to England is down to him.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic rose to the occasion with a dramatic game-winner to seal the League Cup title for Man United.

Here are the latest stories for Monday.

MAN UNITEDGary Neville believes EFL Cup hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic has the same aura as Eric Cantona at Manchester United.

- Jose Mourinho admitted that Manchester United's 3-2 win in the EFL Cup final was "unfair" on Southampton on Sunday. Ander Herrera hailed the performances of teammates Ibrahimovic and David De Gea.

- Ibrahimovic has said his future does not depend on the club qualifying for next season's Champions League and also insisted...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Manchester United equal Liverpool's trophy haul with EFL Cup win

Jose Mourinho insists Zlatan Ibrahimovic's success since his decision to move to England is down to him.
The FC crew say Man United's barometer of success is measured by if they earn a UCL spot, not by winning the League Cup.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic rose to the occasion with a dramatic game-winner to seal the League Cup title for Man United.

By winning the EFL Cup with a victory over Southampton, Manchester United have drawn level with Liverpool with the most major trophies won by an English club.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the two clubs have each won 41 competitive trophies, with United claiming the EFL Cup for the fifth time with the 3-2 victory on Sunday.

Heroes & Villains: Zlatan Ibrahimovic wins again as Sunderland keep sinking

Craig Burley breaks down Cesc Fabregas and N'Golo Kante's impact as Chelsea went 11 points clear atop the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho insists Zlatan Ibrahimovic's success since his decision to move to England is down to him.

Man United won a trophy, Chelsea padded their lead at the top of the Premier League, and Sunderland look like their luck will finally run out. Iain Macintosh looks back at the Heroes & Villains.

HEROES

You just knew it would be him. Manchester United could wobble, they could squander their lead, and they could take the game to the very brink of extra time, but you knew, on some deeper, molecular level, that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would save the day. There was no one United fans would rather have...