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EFL Cup Final: Manchester United v Southampton – Preview


14:10 24th February 2017

by Alex Butcher

Manchester United and Southampton are the last men standing in this year's EFL Cup, and the pair will now do battle at Wembley Stadium this Sunday in a bid to hold the trophy aloft.

Ninety other teams have fallen by the way side, and our two finalists have disposed of eight of those sides between them on the way to the final.

EFL Cup 2017

Southampton are yet to concede a goal all tournament, knocking out fellow Premier League sides Crystal Palace, Sunderland, Arsenal and Liverpool in style.

As for Manchester United, they saw off Northampton Town, rivals and reigning Cup champions Manchester City, West Ham United and Hull City.

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If United can add Southampton to their list of conquests, they will sit alongside Aston Villa and Chelsea on the Roll of Honour with five titles, and manager Jose Mourinho will claim the crown for the fourth time.

The Portuguese boss won his previous three with Chelsea and can become the first manager to win the trophy with two different clubs.

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History favours the Red Devils too – they hold a dominant head-to-head lead over their opponents, although it's been more even over recent years.

Since a win in 2014 for United, the pair have alternated victories. With Manchester United winning back in August, the pattern now favours the Saints.

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You can watch the action unfold live on Sky Sports on Sunday. Kick-off is 4:30pm, and you can also follow the game via the @EFLCup Twitter feed.

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