LONDON — The following are the starting lineups and live commentary of the EFL Cup final between Manchester United and Southampton at Wembley.
Jose Mourinho makes six changes from the side that defeated Saint-Etienne in the Europa League knockout round in France on Wednesday.
There is no place, however, in the starting lineup for captain Wayne Rooney, who is on the bench for the first time since the start of the month.
The changes see goalkeeper David de Gea, who sat out the last three games, defenders Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo, as well as midfielders Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard and attacker Anthony Martial all coming into the starting setup today.
Missing, though, is the injured Henrikh Mkhitaryan, while midfielder Michael Carrick is on the bench, despite picking up an injury in France in midweek.
Southampton, who are well-rested for this EFL Cup final, following a two-week break from competition, named the same team that beat Sunderland 4-0 a fortnight ago.
It’s the first time this season the Saints keep the same starting lineup in back-to-back games.
Inform January signing Manolo Gabbiadini leads the attacking line for Southampton.
Manchester United are making their record-equalling 49th Cup appearance.
The Red Devils, who have won five wins in a row in all recent competitions, are hunting their fifth hold on this trophy and their 44th trophy in club history.
Southampton are yet to concede a goal in this competition this season.
“It is amazing Southampton haven’t conceded in this competition – it shows their mentality and organisation,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“We know they are a very good team. We want to win the cup and to win the cup we have to score goals.”
Are the Saint, who knocked out both Arsenal and Liverpool to reach the final really an underdog?
Southampton manager Claude Puel tells Sky Sports: “I am confident with my players and we had good preparation in Spain with our training camp. Now it is important to put it on the pitch.
“We know we are the underdogs but in football all is possible. We saw this against Arsenal and Liverpool, it has been a good journey and we need to complete the work.
“We need to find good stability and a good opportunity to win something and qualify for the Europa League.
“We can learn in this competition and will be interesting for my squad to play again every three days next season.”
Manchester United v Southampton Teams
Manchester United XI:
De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Rojo, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Ibrahimovic. Sub: Romero, Blind, Young, Carrick, Rashford, Fellaini, Rooney
Forster, Soares, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand, Romeu, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Redmond, Gabbiadini. Subs: Martín, McQueen Boufal, Cáceres, Højbjerg, McQueen, Hassen, Rodriguez, Long