EFL Cup final: Manchester United v Southampton


EFL Cup final: Manchester United v Southampton

Manchester United and Southampton meet in the EFL Cup final at Wembley


The first major trophy of the season is up for grabs, as the Saints - who have not won the competition - take on four-time winners United, who most recently claimed the honours in the 2009/10 season.

The two sides have met in a cup final before in 1976 as Southampton beat their opponents 1-0 to win the FA Cup, which remains one of the club's three major titles.

It is also the first trophy that Jose Mourinho won when he arrived in England as Chelsea manager in the 2004/05 season, going on to win the EFL Cup twice more with the Blues, with victories in 2006/07 and 2014/15.

Southampton manager Claude Puel does have pedigree when it comes to winning trophies, claiming the Ligue 1 title as Monaco manager, but the Frenchman suffered heartbreak in the French League Cup final in 2001 - losing 2-1 to Lyon in extra time.

Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick are available for Sunday's EFL Cup final, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be absent for Manchester United.

United captain Rooney missed the midweek Europa League trip to St Etienne as he returned to fitness, but has been confirmed as part of the squad heading to Wembley.

Midfielder Carrick has overcome a calf complaint sustained in France but Mkhitaryan's hamstring injury means he is out. Phil Jones is a doubt due to a foot issue, but Ander Herrera returns to the fold after serving a ban in the Europa League match.

Martin Caceres and Sofiane Boufal (ankle) are hoping to be included in the Southampton squad, with the Uruguay defender potentially making his debut after his recent move to the Saints as a free agent.

However, Virgil van Dijk, Charlie Austin, Alex McCarthy, Matt Targett and Jeremy Pied all miss out through injury.


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