MUN v Saints Match Centre
Gabbiadini: I will keep my feet on the ground
Manolo Gabbiadini discusses his incredible first month with Southampton.
Stephens: Our togetherness can carry us forward
Jack Stephens talks about moving on from EFL Cup final heartache.
Not the result we craved but team showed character & spirit and for this I'm proud. Thank you to all the fans
Cédric: Let's keep the same mentality
Cédric believes Saints can go far if they keep the same mentality they showed at Wembley.
Puel proud of EFL Cup run
Claude Puel reflects on Southampton's memorable run in the EFL Cup.
Redmond grateful for fans’ backing
Nathan Redmond highlighted the importance of the role played by Southampton’s supporters in the narrow EFL Cup final defeat.
Full 90: Man United 3-2 Saints
Watch back the full 90 minutes from Southampton's clash with Manchester United in the EFL Cup final.
Puel: The support was crazy
Claude Puel praised Southampton supporters for their incredible backing at Wembley.
Yoshida: We have to move on
Southampton cannot dwell on their EFL Cup final defeat to Manchester United for too long, says Maya Yoshida.
Football is about winning, specially when is a final, but I have to say that I am very proud of what we did today
Highlights: Saints lose out in EFL Cup final
Watch back the best of the action from Southampton's EFL Cup final clash with Manchester United.
Video: Cédric on EFL Cup final defeat
Watch as Cédric reflects on a proud performance in the EFL Cup final against Manchester United.
90 in 90: Man United 3-2 Saints
Watch our 90-second highlights from Southampton's heartbreaking EFL Cup final defeat.
Ward-Prowse: We deserved more
James Ward-Prowse believes Southampton deserved more from their EFL Cup final against Manchester United.
Video: Redmond on final loss
Southampton forward Nathan Redmond reflects on EFL Cup final defeat to Manchester United at Wembley
Video: We deserved to win, says Ward-Prowse
Watch as James Ward-Prowse reflects on a disappointing result for Southampton in the EFL Cup final
Romeu praises Saints supporters
Oriol Romeu reserved special praise for Southampton’s fans after the EFL Cup final against Manchester United.
Puel praises Gabbiadini
Claude Puel full of praise for striker Manolo Gabbiadini after his goals against Manchester United.
Video: Yoshida on United defeat
Defender Maya Yoshida speaks after the EFL Cup final defeat to Manchester United at Wembley.
Cédric: The better team lost
Cédric reacts after Southampton's EFL Cup final defeat.
MUN v Saints As It Happened
Key moments so far
- Ibrahimović struck again late on to put United back in front after Romeu had hit the post
- Manolo Gabbiadini reduced the deficit and then levelled the score either side of half time
- Jesse Lingard doubled the advantage for United with a neat finish
- A brilliant free-kick from Zlatan Ibrahimović gave United the lead
Heads held high
Southampton depart Wembley Stadium defeated, but with plenty of pride from their performance. Thanks for following today's blog. Back to Premier League action next week at Watford. See you there!19.29
Report from Wembley
It wasn't to be on this occasion. Read our take on today's game here18.43
United collect the trophy
Captain Wayne Rooney holds the EFL Cup aloft as United win the trophy for a fifth time.18.36
Close but no cigar for Saints
The Southampton squad climb the steps to receive runners-up medals at Wembley.18.31
Runners-up stay 'til the end
Frustration in the end for Saints, who applaud the supporters back after five-goal game ends in defeat. Stay with us here on southamptonfc.com for full report and reaction18.27
Full Time analysis
Southampton's players fall to the floor as the final whistle confirms a defeat over the 90 minutes, but the Saints are applauded off the field for a spirited performance at Wembley.
Manchester United 3-2 Southampton
Ibrahimović stays down
The striker was on the receiving end of a challenge from Romeu
Bertrand goes for goal
The full back strikes a fierce shot on the edge of the area which is deflected into the air and then cleared.
Pogba goes to ground
United kill a bit of time while the Frenchman slowly makes his way back into the action
Four minutes to be added on
Stoppage time has been allocated by the match officials.
Southampton substitution: Jay Rodriguez replaces Steven Davis
Manchester United substitution: Marouane Fellaini replaces Anthony Martial
There are 85,264 supporters inside Wembley Stadium today. Great backing from Saints as part of that.
The striker rises to meet Herrera's cross to plant a header firmly into the net for 3-2.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (86’) | Manchester United 3 – 2 Southampton
Stephens with a header
the defender meets the corner and Ibrahimović is back to make the vital interception.
So close once more!!
Bertrnad gets on the end of Boufal's pass to cross low, but Long can't quite get on the end of it as United concede a corner.
Rashford takes aim
The England striker goes for goal on the left side of the area, but Forster pushes it behind with a strong save.
Long makes a nuisance of himself
The striker is already making an impact as he looks to get on the end of a backpass to De Gea, but the United goalkeeper stands firm.
Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Manolo Gabbiadini
The two-goal hero is replaced by Long inside the last ten minutes of play.
Redmond goes for goal
The frontman wins possession back on the left side and looks to get a shot on target, but it's deflected wide.
Boufal looks to make an impact
The Moroccan flies forward with the ball but runs into trouble in the final third.
Gabbiadini leads the charge
The striker forces a mistake from Smalling, but can't quite find a teammate as he looks to get in on goal.
Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal replaces Dušan Tadić
First change of the game for Saints
Manchester United substitution: Marcus Rashford replaces Jesse Lingard
Lingard fires over
Terrific chance for United there, but the second goal scorer blazes over at the far post.
Cédric alert to the danger
The full back puts a vital block on Pogba to deny the midfielder a clear sight of goal, and concedes a corner.
Ibrahimović lines up a repeat
The striker takes a free-kick from just outside of the area, but this time his effort goes straight into the defensive wall.
Tadić receives Ward-Prowse's pass on the right and fizzes in a low cross aimed at Remdond, but Herrera clears inside the area.
Carrick takes aim
Ander Herrera plays a short free-kick towards the substitute, but his low strike is blocked by a sea of white shirts.
Great work from Yoshida
The defender runs back and slides in to make an impeccable challenge on Lingard to concede a corner.
The moment Manolo celebrated his leveller at Wembley.
Hard fought battle
Saints continuing to go toe-to-toe with United across the pitch. Saints still pushing for a third goal though.
Off the post!
Romeu connects to the corner with a header, and his effort comes back off the right post.
Close again from Saints
Cédric's low cross is turned behind by Valencia with Bertrand racing in at the far post to try and score.
Smalling clears the danger
The United man stands firm to block and then clear as Saints pushed towards the United goal.
Forster denies Ibrahimović
The striker picked up a loose pass inside the Saints area, but Forster stands his ground to put a block on the Swede.
Spirited play from Saints
Romeu wins the ball back from Ibrahimović and then Cédric slides clear as Saints successfully break up United's hold on the ball
Yellow Card for Nathan Redmond (Southampton)
Redmond goes into the book for a foul on Carrick.
Controlled possession from United
Mourinho's men get some time on the ball to try and contain Saints for a few minutes.
The Italian's name is sung wildly by the Saints supporters as his fine goal scoring efforts are recognised. Terrific atmosphere inside Wembley now.
All Southampton now
Cédric delivers another teasing cross into the area, which is cleared away under pressure from Gabbiadini
What a finish!
That man again! Gabbiadini controls the ball and slams home in one fell swoop from a corner to level the scores.
Manolo Gabbiadini (47’) | Manchester United 2 – 2 Southampton
Redmond tests De Gea!
Brilliant effort on the volley from the frontman, which De Gea has to tip over the bar.
Early corner for Saints
Ward-Prowse's cross is deflected behind after Redmond's running created the space.
Back under way
United get the game restarted
Manchester United substitution: Michael Carrick replaces Juan Mata
First change for United at the start of the second half.
Teams return to the pitch
Saints receive a huge roar from the Southampton supporters as the game prepares to restart.
The moment Manolo put Saints back to within one goal of Manchester United.
Half Time analysis
Two good goals from United, but Gabbiadini's strike gives Southampton something to build on in the second 45. No less than Saints deserve, with the Italian's early effort also ruled out for offside
Manchester United 2-1 Southampton
Back in it!
Ward-Prowse's low cross from the right is turned in at the near post by Gabbiadini, whose effort counts this time!
Manolo Gabbiadini (45’) | Manchester United 2 – 1 Southampton
Two minutes of stoppage time
Additional minutes allocated by the match officials
Tadić close once more
The Serbian gets away down the right side and fires a low cross into the side-netting as United are given a let-off.
Good approach again from Saints
Gabbiadini and Cédric combine neatly down the right but the move comes to nothing.
Yellow Card for Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)
Lingard follows Stephens into the book for protests at the match official
Yellow Card for Jack Stephens (Southampton)
The defender goes on a run upfield and fouls Martial
Lingard on target
The United midfielder benefits from neat approach play down the left which saw Rojo play him in on the edge of the area, where Lingard stroked home into the bottom right corner.
Jesse Lingard (37’) | Manchester United 2 – 0 Southampton
So close for Saints!
Ward-Prowse's corner is cleared, but lands at the feet of Jack Stephens on the byline who tries to cut it back for Yoshida to shoot, but the ball is hacked away by the United defence.
Ibrahimović stays down
The striker collides with Yoshida and remains grounded for a brief spell before returning to the action,
Tester from Tadić
Redmond brings the ball forward once more on lays it into the path of Dušan Tadić, whose low shot is spilled but then gathered by De Gea.
Ward-Prowse works De Gea
Steven Davis keeps the move alive, and delivers a ball into the area which is cleared only as far as Ward-Prowse, whose low shot is kept out by De Gea low to his right.
Yoshida clears the danger
The Japanese defender times his slide to perfection in clearing Saints' lines with Ibrahimović bearing down on him.
Yellow Card for Ander Herrera (Manchester United)
The United man goes into the book for a push on Redmond
Saints search for a response
Cédric gets forward again to deliver a cross which United clear for a corner. Saints determined not to let United settle.
Ibrahimović slams home
A brilliantly taken free-kick by the Swede goes over the wall and into the bottom left corner of the net.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (18’) | Manchester United 1 – 0 Southampton
Yellow Card for Oriol Romeu (Southampton)
The Saints man goes into the book for a lunge on Ander Herrera just outside of the area.
Redmond shoots wide
The frontman cuts inside from the left and drills a low shot wide of the left post.
More pressure from Saints
Dušan Tadić whips the ball across the face of goal moments after Davis led the charge over halfway from Saints, who are looking a threat every time they get forward.
Gabbiadini denied by the flag
The Italian taps the ball home inside the six yard box but the offside flag goes up against him as he got on the end of Cédric's low cross.
Redmond goes for goal
Fine individual run and shot from the frontman, whose low effort takes a deflection on its way out for a corner.
Handball against Lingard
The United man links up with Ibrahimović but briefly controls the ball with his hand to stop the move on the edge of the Saints area.
Unconvincing from United
Bailly thinks he has more time than he does as Gabbiadini chases him down, and he just about gets the ball back to De Gea who clears.
Pogba takes aim
The Frenchman interchanges with Ibrahimović before shooting from distance, but Forster is equal to it as he punches the ball away.
Yoshida wins the free-kick
With Zlatan Ibrahimović chasing him down, Yoshida is fouled by the United striker as he attempts to make a clearance.
Redmond lively early on
The winger sends in a teasing low cross from the left which narrowly avoids everyone
Saints get us under way
Dušan Tadić takes kick-off for Saints who are attacking the end housed by Manchester United fans
Saints get into the huddle
The team group together in front of the Southampton supporters for their final words of encouragement to each other ahead of kick-off.16.30
Teams are out
Southampton and Manchester United take to the Wembley pitch to a wall of noise from around the ground.16.24
We leave the last word to the supporters, who describe what this afternoon's cup final means to them.16.15
Hear from Ron Arthur, the man who drove the team bus in 1979 and now works at the club within the kit and equipment department, about his journey with the club.16.14
Earlier, we brought you Kelvin Davis's story, now hear from Sports Therapist Chris Lovegrove, who was also with Saints at the 2003 FA Cup final16.11
EFL Cup run in stats
Check out the statistics behind Southampton's successful run to Wembley.16.06
Romeu ready for Wembley
Oriol Romeu spoke with broadcasters on arrival at Wembley about what he expects from today's final.15.54
Long is put through by Sims... and the rest is history
Shane Long recalls the moment he sealed Southampton's passage to the EFL Cup final.15.45
Redmond took Saints one step closer to Wembley
Nathan Redmond scored the decisive goal at St Mary's in a 1-0 win over Liverpool to give Saints a lead heading to Anfield.15.44
Class from Jordy saw off Arsenal
Jordy Clasie struck the first of two goals on the night at Emirates Stadium as Saints beat the Gunners. Listen to his version of events above.15.42
Boufal brilliance saw Saints take the next step
Sofiane Boufal's first goal for Southampton helped the team see off Sunderland in Round 4 - something he fondly remembers15.41
The march to Wembley began here
Jake Hesketh scored as Saints saw off Crystal Palace. Hear him talk about the strike that got Southampton up and running in this competition15.39
Watch as the Southampton squad took to the dressing room at Wembley a short time ago.15.35
This your captain speaking
Steven Davis spoke with us earlier in the week about this afternoon's match.15.30
United team news is in
Starting XI: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Smalling (c), Rojo, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Ibrahimović
Subs: Romero (GK), Blind, Young, Carrick, Fellaini, Rooney, Rashford15.20
Southampton team news announced
Hammond reflects on previous Wembley trip
Former Southampton skipper Dean Hammond looks back on Saints' Johnstone's Paint Trophy win in 2010 and hopes his old club can triumph again this afternoon.15.06
Cédric looks ahead to Wembley
We caught up with Southampton defender Cédric in the week about his excitement on playing in the EFL Cup final.14.36
Puel previews Wembley showdown
Hear from Southampton boss Claude Puel ahead of today's EFL Cup final about his thoughts on the team's run in the competition.14.31
One hour until team news
The all important team news is released in around an hour's time here at Wembley, stay with us as the build up continues .14.28
Austin arrives at Wembley
Southampton striker Charlie Austin chats with our matchday presenter Kenzie Benali pitchside ahead of the game at Wembley.14.25
Forster looks to Wembley
Fraser Forster explains how much he's looking forward to playing at Wembley with Southampton this afternoon.13.55
The hard work continued at Staplewood Campus this week in preparation for the game. Watch the best of training in the video above.13.53
Dressing to impress
Saints will certainly look the part when they arrive at Wembley thanks to roomten who have supplied the squad with suits for the day. Check out how the fittings went in our video above.13.31
Kelvin Davis played the last time Southampton visited Wembley in 2010. Hear from him now about how the club has prepared for today's trip as part of our #MarchToWembley series.13.25
1976 and all that
Southampton's most famous win over Manchester United to-date however, remains this one from 1976 in the FA Cup final. Can history repeat itself 41 years on?13.15
Tadić earns famous win at Old Trafford
Dušan Tadić struck the only goal of the game when Saints beat United at Old Trafford for the first time in 27 years during 2015. We'd take a repeat today!13.13
Le Tiss gets up and running
Watch Matt Le Tissier score his first two goals for Southampton in their 1986 League Cup victory over Manchester United.13.11
Grey shirts cause confusion
Manchester United lose at The Dell and blame their shirts on a 3-1 defeat as they switch to a blue and white strip in the second half.13.07
It's classics time! Watch back when Saints beat Manchester United 6-3 at The Dell.13.02
McMenemy backs repeat of 1976
Southampton's FA Cup winning boss of '76 would love nothing more than to see Saints beat Manchester United in a Wembley final again, just like his side did 41 years ago.12.53
Le Tissier discusses the final
Matt Le Tissier says the Saints players have an opportunity to make themselves heroes this afternoon.12.50
Craig David sends message of support
Continuing the musical theme, hear from Southampton artist Craig David ahead of today's game.12.47
Saints Brass set the tone
Southampton supporters boarded the coaches from St Mary's earlier accompanied by music from the Saints Brass.12.44
Get in the mood for today's game by checking out the playlist put together by the Southampton players here12.40
Global kick-off times
Wherever you are in the world following this game, these are the times to be ready for!08.55
Look back on Southampton's run to the EFL Cup final08.50
And a very special one it is too! Southampton #MarchToWembley for the EFL Cup final against Manchester United to contest for the first silverware of the season.08.45
MUN v Saints Line Ups
David de Gea (GK)
Chris Smalling (C)
Juan MataMichael Carrick (45′)
Jesse LingardMarcus Rashford (77′)
Anthony MartialMarouane Fellaini (90′)
Fraser Forster (GK)
Steven Davis (C)Jay Rodriguez (90′)
Manolo GabbiadiniShane Long (83′)
Dusan TadicSofiane Boufal (77′)
MUN v Saints Match Stats
Shots on target65