The first silverware in England is up for grabs this weekend as Manchester United meet Southampton in the League Cup final at Wembley. Although Manchester United will go into the match as favourites, Southampton are never an easy team to break down and could well cause an upset.
After a sticky start to his Manchester United career, Jose Mourinho has watched his side get better as the season progresses. They are now into the last 32 of the Europa League and face a relatively easy tie against Rostov. However their focus this weekend will be on their trip to Wembley and lifting the League Cup for the 5th time.
Manchester United are in great form coming into this match and have lost just once since November, and even then, that was a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Hull City in the semi-final of the league cup where they held a 2-0 lead from the first leg. they have won their last 5 matches on the bounce and have scored 11 goals with just one conceded. With a top 4 finish in their sights, they will be looking to enter the business end of the season on a high and by winning the League Cup, it will give them a timely boost.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been inspirational this season and the Swedish striker, who has scored 15 this season has quickly dispelled any thoughts that he is at Old Trafford to wind down his career. Along with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata in midfield and Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo in defence, Mourinho is moulding a team that look to be going places.
Southampton, who have only won one trophy in their entire history (The FA Cup), wont be going to Wembley just to make up the numbers. There is a belief among them that they can compete with the best the Premier League has to offer. Fraser Forster has been as reliable as ever in goals and with Charlie Austin and Jay Rodriguez providing a threat up front, they may cause Manchester United problems.
Southampton aren’t in the greatest form though with 2 wins and 3 losses in their last 5. Although he will miss out on this one, they will be hoping classy defender Virgil Van Dyke will be back sooner, rather than later.
Southampton and Manchester United have both won two of the last 4 matches between them and this one is shaping up to be a real thriller. If Manchester United score an early goal, it will force Southampton to come at them and we could be in for a great afternoon.
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