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Sunday, 26 February 2017

LEAGUE CUP CHAMPIONS: Manchester United vs Southampton


After a tough 87 minutes where Manchester United arguably deserved to be losing, Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted his second of the game to win the EFL Cup Trophy in the dying minutes of the game. As us United fans were hoping we had enough strength to hold on until extra time, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had other ideas... A beautifully delivered ball into the box was met by the head of an un-marked Zlatan Ibrahimovic to win the game against the run of the game.

The game started with Southampton clearly on the front foot and soon after having a goal wrongly disallowed for offside, Zlatan put the reds ahead with a good free kick from 25 yards out in the 19th minute. Jesse Lingard (yes, JESSE LINGARD) managed to score on his third successive visit at Wembley to double the reds lead just 7 minutes before half time.

On the brink of half time, the highly rated Southampton striker Gabbiadini pulled one back to give Southaampton hope for the second half. Three minutes into the second half, Gabbiandini pulled the Saints level from a terrific strike into the bottom corner of the goal.

However, it wasn't enough for Southampton as Zlatan Ibrahimovic (once again) stole the show for Manchester United and made Manchester United the most successful club in English football (in terms of major trophies).

Although this wasn't our best performance and on the balance of chances, Southampton surely deserved to win, Manchester United (for once) were clinical in taking their chances. The story of our season so far has been missed chances, but on a night like tonight, where that would have been costly, we managed to turn it around.

Hopefully this win will be a massive morale boost for the rest of the season. Jose Mourinho's men have shown that they have what it takes to be the best and they are more than capable of going far in the Europa League and the FA Cup. Onto the next one... #GGMU

Saturday, 25 February 2017

EFL Cup Final Preview

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I know it has been a very long time since my last blog post on Manchester United, but after much anticipation leading up to our first chance of silverware of the season, what better time to start up again than just before a cup final?

With all the speculation regarding Wayne Rooney's future at the club and his potential move to China, there must have been uncertainty in the dressing room and among the fans in the last week. A big player, captain and legend of the club leaving just before a cup final would cause big worry for the club but luckily our leader confirmed on Thursday that he has no intention of leaving. Although he may not be the player he used to be, he is still our captain and plays a big part in our club. 

The first major trophy of the season is up for grabs at Wembley Stadium as the Saints, who have never won the competition before, take on the the four time winners, the mighty Red Devils of Manchester United. Both teams are sure to play their hearts out in order to lift the trophy, which would of course give them a massive confidence boost in a key part of the season, especially for Manchester United who are soon to face Chelsea in the quarter finals of the FA Cup and FC Rostov in the last 16 of the Europa League, not to mention the competitive race for a position in the top 4 in the Premier League. 

After picking up a calf injury in the clash against Saint Etienne on Wendesday, Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Michael Carrick is available to play against Southampton. However, a big blow for us is that Mkhitaryan on the other hand, will not be available due to a more serious hamstring injury. Captain Wayne Rooney missed the midweek fixture but has returned to fitness and has been confirmed as part of the squad heading to Wembley. 

If Manchester United manage to beat Southampton, it would make Jose Mourinho the FIRST EVER Manchester United manager to win a major trophy in his first season. Lets hope Jose can make history and the boys can bring home the EFL Cup trophy back to Manchester! COME ON UNITED!