Manchester United v Southampton: EFL Cup Final preview
Manchester United face Southampton in the EFL Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.
Form favours the Red Devils, who have won 2-1 in each of their last three visits to Wembley: Last season’s FA Cup semi-final and final and this season’s Community Shield against Leicester.
Southampton will be the fresher of the two sides. Claude Puel’s men last played over two weeks ago when they beat Sunderland 4-0 to climb up to 11th in the table. January signing Manolo Gabbiadini scored a brace.
Man United were in midweek action, beating Saint-Etienne 1-0 in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie in France. Jose Mourinho’s side have now won five consecutive matches in all competitions and are unbeaten in their last seven.
Southampton, who will be looking for their first major cup win since 1976, have yet to concede a goal en route to the final. The Saints have seen off four Premier League teams including Arsenal and Liverpool in the semi-final.
Man United’s route to Wembley has been somewhat easier, but they did need to get past current holders and rivals Manchester City in round four.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice in a 2-0 win when the two sides met in the Premier League in August.
Team news: Rooney recovered
Wayne Rooney has recovered from a muscular injury and will be involved on Sunday, Mourinho confirmed.
Like Rooney, Michael Carrick has recovered from a calf problem and is expected to play at Wembley.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, however, will miss the fine with a hamstring injury. Phil Jones is a doubt and will be monitored over the weekend.
A late decision will be made on Saints winger Sofiane Boufal who is struggling with an ankle problem.
January signing Martín Caceres will come into consideration for the Saints having impressed Claude Puel in training.
Southampton will miss the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Charlie Austin and Matt Targett who are all sidelined with long-term injuries.
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