Manchester United play Southampton in the EFL Cup 2017 Final at Wembley this Sunday, 26th February 2017 in what could be their first of several silverware opportunities. The final at Wembley kicks off at around 17:30 uk time and SkySports will have live coverage in the UK. While beIN sports cover the game in other international territories. Jose Mourinho has a good record in this competition but Southampton comes in this game in great shape having enjoyed 15 day break while United played four time during the last couple of weeks.
Southampton are a decent side who defeated Liverpool 2-0 on aggregate in the semifinals winning both legs 1-0. They are compact at the back and offer incredible pace on the counter attack which caused all sorts of problems for Liverpool. However this United side are a different animal who are dynamic and play in couple of different systems thanks to a quality squad. There are injury worries for both sides going into the game and we take a look who will be play and missing on Sunday.
Team News & Possible Lineups:Southampton will be without captain Van Dijk, Charlie Austin and Sofian Boufal. But manager Claude Puel can still put together a quality starting lineup with loads of pace upfront with the likes of Shane Long and Redmond providing runs in behind the defense.
Jose Mourinho on the other hand will be without Michael Carrick and Henrik Mikhitaryan who both wobbled off during Europa League game. Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw are set to miss out again as things behind the scenes kind of playing its part in them being overlooked. Mourinho is likely to go with Ibrahimovic upfront while Anthony Martial, Juan Mata and Pogba to start in attacking roles while Fellaini to partner Herrera in midfield. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Sunday.
Match Predictions: United coming into this game knackered by so many games and it is starting to take its toll with Carrick and Mikhitaryan both missing out on the final. On the other hand it eases selection headech for Mourinho but he still have to make a massive decision whether to start with Martial or Rashford in the final. Regardless what team lineup he goes with United will be favourites but I expect Southampton to make a game of it and surprisingly I am going with Southampton to win this one largely down to the face they will be fresher of the two.