Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck twice including a late headed winner as they edged Southampton 3-2 in an absorbing League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.
With extra time looming the Swede nodded Ander Herrera’s cross past goalkeeper Fraser Forster to score his 26th goal of the season in all competitions and secure Jose Mourinho’s first trophy since the Portuguese coach took charge.
United had taken a 2-0 lead with Ibrahimovic’s free kick and Jesse Lingard’s shot but Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini’s double either side of halftime breathed life into the showpiece match leaving the stage set for Ibra to snatch the winner.
“This is a team effort. This is what I came for – to win and I am winning. The more I win the more satisfied I get,” said the 35-year-old former Sweden international.
“You appreciate it more the older you get. Wherever I have gone I have won. I think this is trophy number 32 for me.
“This is what I predicted. To many I could not do it. My friend, I keep doing it. I’m enjoying it in England.”
Mourinho, who also won the League Cup three times with Chelsea, joins former United boss Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough, as the most successful managers in the competition.
After becoming the first manager to win a major trophy in his debut season at United, he praised Ibrahimovic.
“He won the game for us. He was outstanding,” said Mourinho. “He made the difference and he gave us the cup.”