OFF THEIR PERCH
Manchester United are officially the most successful English club after their EFL Cup triumph over Southampton enabled them to move to 42 major wins ahead of Liverpool’s 41. United have the chance to pull clear from Liverpool as they chase Cup glory in the FA Cup and in the Europa League. The victory will be especially sweet for legendary manager Sir Alex who promised to knock them off their perch.
The manner in which Wayne Rooney celebrated Ibrahimovic’s Cup winning goal highlighted the unity of the Manchester United. The goal also meant that Mourinho stopped looking for a winner and put Fellaini on instead of Rooney as extra defensive cover. Despite not featuring, Rooney still walked up to accept the EFL Cup Trophy as Captain.
WEMBLEY LOVE AFFAIR
Before Sunday, Jesse Lingard had scored in both his previous finals at Wembley in the FA Cup and the Community Shield. Against Southampton, the academy graduate didn’t disappoint and scored well taken goal. He also became only the third player after United legend Mark Hughes and Liverpool great Ian Rush as the only players to score in the FA Cup, EFL Cup and Community Shield finals.
Paul Pogba was criticized by the English media for his performance in the EFL Cup final. But Jose Mourinho dismissed the claims and said that the world record transfer holder was as good as Ibrahimovic if not better. He also singled out the Swede for praise in his post-match comments. ‘In a match where our opponent better than us for long periods they deserve to go out not over 90 minutes. But he made the difference and gave us the cup.’
Manchester United may have to shell out 50m if they want to sign Celtic sensation Moussa Dembele. He has scored 29 times already this season and looks set for a big money move away from Scotland. Teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, United, City are among the long list of teams monitoring the situation.
Jose Mourinho plans to bring in two or three more new faces to Old Trafford. Mourinho told Sky Sports, “I think with this group of players, the squad we have and the difficulties we are having during the season, I think we are more than fine.
“I think we will be ready in July to open the door for two or three good players to help us to improve our level.’ The comments came following the EFL Cup triumph and points to the fact that Mourinho is already working on winning more trophies at Manchester.