Stat Pack: Southampton vs Manchester United

By SFC Media Thu 23 Feb Man Utd vs Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Dušan Tadić at Anfield

Check out the key facts and figures ahead of Southampton's trip to Wembley to face Manchester United in the EFL Cup final.

- 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).

- 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.

- This is the second time these sides have met in the final of a competition, having met in the 1976 FA Cup Final. Southampton, then a second tier side, defeated United 1-0 thanks to a Bobby Stokes goal; it remains the only time they have won a major English trophy.

- Jose Mourinho has reached the League Cup final three times previously (2005, 2007 and 2015), winning the trophy each time with Chelsea. Indeed, he has the best 100% win percentage for a manager in League Cup finals.

- 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.

- Claude Puel has reached a major domestic cup final once before in his managerial career, taking Monaco to the final of the French League Cup in 2001, where they lost 2-1 in extra-time to Lyon.

- Southampton will be the third team that Manchester United have played in both an FA Cup and League final, following Aston Villa and Liverpool.

- 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.

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