LONDON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice, including the winner and Manchester United beat Southampton 3-2 to win the EFL Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.
Ibrahimovic netted the opening goal in the 19th minute before heading home the winner off a pin-point cross from Ander Herrera for the winning goal in the 87th minute.
“I’m super happy that I came here,” Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports 1 after the game. “I predicted things and what I predicted that’s exactly what’s happening.”
“This is a team effort. This is what I came for – to win and I am winning. The more I win the more satisfied I get,” he added.
“You appreciated it more the older you get. Wherever I have gone I have won. I think this is trophy number 32 for me.
“This is what I predicted. To many I could not do it. My friend, I keep doing it. I’m enjoying it in England.”
Jesse Lingard was also on target in the 38th minute for Manchester United, who led 2-0 at one point in the game.
Manolo Gabbiadini scored both goals for Southampton shortly before halftime and then three minutes after the break to level the scores at 2-2.
Gabbiadini, who netted to cut the deficit to 2-1 before halftime, was unlikely not to have scored a hat-trick in the game after one of his goals was wrongfully disallowed for offside.
Southampton controlled the game throughout the competition, but it was Ibrahimovic, who made the difference.
“It is very important for everyone. I’m very happy,” Paul Pogba said.
Speaking about Ibrahimovic, the Frenchman added:”That’s why we bought him. To make the difference in important games.”
Mourinho becomes the first Manchester United manager to win a major trophy in their first season with the club.
“I got a call from Jose Mourinho – I have a good relationship with him and that’s why I came,” Ibrahimovic said.
“I know I made the right choice. I predicted what I would do.
“I came – that’s special.”