Zlatan Ibrahimovic produces match-winning performance against Southampton

by Leo Nieboer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic dazzled the watching world with a match-winning performance during Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Southampton in the League Cup final.

The Swede opened the scoring after 19 minutes with an inch-perfect free-kick, swerving the ball around the Southampton wall and past Fraser Forster into the bottom left hand corner.

He then grabbed the winner in dramatic fashion, powering home a close range header with just three minutes left and in turn securing his first major trophy at Man United.

A look at Ibrahimovic’s stats sheds light of the emphatic nature of his performance.

Prior to the clash with Claude Puel’s side, Zlatan had been an excellent asset. Now, however, he is more than that. He is a history maker. The first major trophy of the Mourinho era – a clear, unavoidable sign to the footballing world that this side, spearheaded by the rampaging Swede, are a side moving strongly in the right direction.

Doubt remains over whether Ibrahimovic, now 35, will stay at Old Trafford for another year. But the win at Wembley served as a potent sign that Mourinho’s side could, with further progress and a few signings over the summer, emerge as a powerful, challenging force next season. And Zlatan, one suspects, would be reluctant to miss out on the fun.

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