Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates at the end of the EFL Cup final with Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho heaped praise on Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the star forward carried Manchester United to EFL Cup glory on Sunday.

The Red Devils beat Southampton 3-2 at Wembley with Ibrahimovic nodding a late winner after opening the scoring with a sublime free-kick earlier in the game.

‘I think honestly he (Ibrahimovic) won the game for us because he was outstanding,’ Mourinho said after becoming the first manager to win a trophy in his debut season at Old Trafford.
Ibrahimovic poses with the trophy after his match-winning display at Wembley

The Portuguese added that Ibrahimovic’s contribution was all the more important because of how well their opponents had played.

‘I can see a couple of strong performances. For example, Paul Pogba was a similar level but he (Ibrahimovic) was outstanding in a match where our opponents were better than us for long periods in a game where I think they deserved to go to extra-time. They don’t deserve to lose in 90 minutes.

‘Between one team and another today I feel if we go to extra time we would be in trouble. The fuel was in their legs, not ours.’

‘I’m a bit emotional, yes,’ he added. It’s not easy to win title, not easy to cope with that pressure that I put myself under with my career. 

‘Yes it was a game I was feeling was difficult. I want to pay the homage they deserve to Southampton. The only thing I can say we have the cup in our hands but we should be now playing extra time.

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