EFL Cup final: Manchester United face Southampton at Wembley
Last Updated: 26/02/17 4:32pm
Manchester United and Southampton meet in the EFL Cup final at Wembley and you can watch all the action live on Sky Sports.
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.
Ways to watch
You can watch the game live on Sky Sports 1 HD, with our TV build-up kicking-off at 1pm where Phil Neville, Matt Le Tissier and Jamie Redknapp will be in the studio and Gary Neville is on co-commentary duty alongside Martin Tyler.
There is a whole range of options to complement and enhance your viewing experience with Sky Sports. You can watch the game on the move with Sky Go or follow our live match blog, where Sky Sports customers will be able to watch all the major incidents via our expanded mobile clips service on our live blog. But remember, you'll need a Sky iD. To create one, click here.
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Southampton have reached their second League Cup Final, having previously done so in 1979 when they lost 3-2 to Nottingham Forest under the management of Lawrie McMenemy.
This will be Manchester United's ninth League Cup final appearance; of the previous eight, they have won four and lost four, but three of those four victories have been in their last three finals (2006 v Wigan, 2009 v Spurs and 2010 v Aston Villa).
Only Liverpool (12) have appeared in more League Cup finals than Man Utd (9) and only Arsenal (5) have lost more finals than the Red Devils (4).
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Southampton are just the second side in League Cup history to reach the final without conceding a goal - Tottenham Hotspur managed this feat in 1981-82, but lost the final 3-1 to Liverpool.
Only Brian Clough (4) and Alex Ferguson (4) have won the League Cup more times than Jose Mourinho (3).
Mourinho has never lost an English domestic cup final in his career, also winning the FA Cup in 2007.
This is Saints' first appearance at Wembley since winning the Football League Trophy in March 2010 against Carlisle.
Southampton will be the third team that Manchester United have played in both an FA Cup and League final, following Aston Villa and Liverpool.
Mourinho's cup final record
Jose Mourinho will look to build on his impressive cup final record when Man Utd face Southampton.
No player has assisted more goals in the League Cup this season than Henrikh Mkhitaryan (3).
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four goals in the four domestic cup finals he played with Paris St-Germain (excluding Super Cups), netting a brace in the 2015 Coupe de la Ligue final against Bastia, and another brace in the 2016 Coupe de France final against Marseille.
I've got to side with Manchester United overall. I don't know if it will go to extra time or not but to eventually lift the cup, I think it will be United. Southampton have got no Virgil van Dijk, although the chance I do give them is because Manolo Gabbiadini is there.
I like him, he's a good footballer, a great goalscorer and I don't think they will have a lorry load of chances to score, so you want someone there who will put the ball into the back of the net and he will do that.
MERSON PREDICTS: 3-1 (14/1 with Sky Bet)
United are Sky Bet's 2/5 favourites to lift the EFL Cup trophy, with Southampton the 15/8 outsiders. Mourinho's men are 3/4 to secure success within 90 minutes as the Saints are given a 19/5 chance, while the stalemate and extra time is priced at 5/2.
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