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Mercurial Swede Ibrahimovic Sends Saints Down South

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London, England- Zlatan Ibrahimovic today hoisted Manchester United to a 3-2 win in the EFL cup final at Wembley Stadium. Ibrahimovic scored twice for the Red Devils. The first was a well taken free kick which bested Fraser Forster in the Southampton net in the first half, the second was a powerful header from an Ander Herrera cross in the dying embers of the game to win it all for the Manchester Club. The goals were his 25th and 26th of the season, making him the top goalscorer in England.

The game itself was one of the best cup finals of recent times. Southampton were 2-0 down inside 38 minutes, with goals from both Ibrahimovic himself and the Wembley goal king Jesse Lingard. Manolo Gabbiadini reduced the deficit in the 42nd minute with a well taken poachers finish under the leg of the in form David De Gea. Just after the second half started Gabbiadini struck again. This goal was even better. 89 million pound man Paul Pogba failed to deal with a corner convincingly and when the chance arose Gabbiadini manouvered his body and cutely put it past De Gea in the United net with a deft volley. With the game set at 2-2, up stepped the Mercurial Swede.  A man for the occasion, he put the nail in the coffin of Saints hearts in the 86th minute.  A header from an Ander Herrera cross was enough to win it for the reds. The final whistle blew and chaos ensued.

The victory sees Manchester United equal Liverpools record of most major trophies won by an English club on 42. But it did not come without controversy. Manolo Gabbiadini had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside in the 11th minute of the game when he tapped in a Cedric Soares cross. Replays showed that Gabbiadini was in fact onside.

The trophy is Jose Mourinhos first as United manager. In an interview after the game he praised Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his contribution to the game,””I think he (Ibrahimovic) won the game for us because he was outstanding.”

A day of controversy, goals and elation. The Manchester United of old seem to be ever so slightly coming back to normal. Good news for United fans, good news for the neutrals, bad news for their rivals.