The first silverware of the season in England will be up for grabs on Sunday February 26 as Manchester United and Southampton will meet at Wembley in the EFL Final.
The final is a repeat of the famous 1976 FA Cup Final when the Saints beat the heavily favored United 1-0 at Wembley thanks to an 83rd-minute goal from Bobby Stokes. It is the only time that Southampton have won a major trophy.
Manchester United reached the final by beating Hull City 3-1 on aggregate, despite losing the second leg 2-1.
Tom Huddlestone had initially given Hull hope in the tie, scoring from the penalty spot to reduce their two-goal deficit from the first leg at Old Trafford.The Hull midfielder cooly gave the home side the lead on the night after Marcos Rojo was harshly adjudged to have brought down Harry Maguire in the area.
However Paul Pogba’s toe-poked effort drew United level on the night and gave Jose Mourinho’s a two goal cushion in the tie.
Hull were given late hope of a comeback when Oumar Niasse converted David Meyler’s well-cushioned cross.Manchester United were able to hang on, however and book their place at Wembley.
Southampton earned themselves their first visit to Wembley in over 40 years as Shane Long’s late goal gave Claude Puel’s a 2-0 aggregate win over Liverpool.
The south-coast club have the distinction of reaching the EFL Cup final without conceding a single goal en route.
Nathan Redmond scored the only goal in a tense first leg the St Mary’s meaning Liverpool at least had to score in the return leg if they hoped to stay in the EFL Cup.
However Liverpool were unable to breakdown a resolute Southampton back-line that had to do without their centre back and player of the season so far, Virgil van Djik.
EFL Cup Final
Sunday February 26 at Wembley – Buy Tickets