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EFL Cup Final: Jose Mourinho can join the greats

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

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15:27 23rd February 2017

by Alex Hannah

A win at Wembley this weekend for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United will see him join two of the game’s great men in the history books.

Four is the magic number, at least when it comes to managers winning the League Cup...

Brian Clough and Sir Alex Ferguson are the only two bosses to have held the trophy aloft on four occasions in the competition's history, and with Mourinho sitting on three, he has the opportunity this Sunday to join the elite.

His previous successes all came with Chelsea across two spells, in 2005, 2007 and then again in 2015. This weekend, the Portuguese manager can continue his theme of success with the Red Devils. If he does so, he’ll be the first to hit the total with more than one club.

Mourinho magic:
2005: Chelsea 3-2 Liverpool
2007: Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal
2015: Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur

As for Manchester United, they can also make moves up the honours list with victory against Southampton on Sunday.

A triumph at the home of football this weekend will take the club to five League Cup titles, level with Aston Villa and Chelsea, and second only to Liverpool (8).

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This will be United’s ninth appearance in a League Cup final. They’ve won four and lost four, with three of their triumphs coming in their previous three showpiece appearances.

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