Jose Mourinho has reserved special praise for talisman striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the 35 year-old who put Southampton to the sword with two goals in the EFL Cup Final at Wembley on Sunday. The free signing from PSG scored his 25th and 26th goals of the season as Manchester United beat Claude Puel’s side 3-2 in an enthralling encounter, 90min reports.
Mourinho became the first manager in Old Trafford history to win a major trophy in his first season at the club. The former Real Madrid manager also highlighted Southampton’s performance and how they had his United side on the ropes for large periods.
Speaking to the media after the game, via NewsNow, Mourinho said:
“Honestly, Ibrahimovic won the game for us because he was outstanding. I can see a couple of performances – Pogba similar level – but he was outstanding.”
“In a match where the opponent was better than us for long periods – they deserved to go to extra time – he made the difference and he gave us the cup,” he added.
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“I’m a bit emotional yes. It’s not easy to win titles and so many times. It’s not easy to cope with the pressure I put myself under.
“It was a game I was feeling the difficulty. I want to pay homage to Southampton and what they deserve. We have the cup in our hands and probably should be in extra time.
“Winning is always special. The day I don’t get emotional when I win is the day to go home.”