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EFL CUP FINAL PREVIEW: Manchester United vs. Southampton 2017: Start time, team news, stats, TV schedule and match thread

All the information you need as Wembley plays host to Southampton and Manchester United in the EFL Cup Final.

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Key Information:

Date/time: 26/02/2017, 16:30 (UK), 11:30 ET, 08:30 PT (USA)

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, UK

Official: TBC

TV: Sky Sports (UK), beIN SPORTS (USA) and check out LiveSoccerTV for alternatives.

Streaming: Sky Go (UK), fuboTV (USA)

Radio: BBC Radio 5 Live (UK)


Sunday sees Southampton play in the final of a major cup competition for the first time since their losing effort against Arsenal in the FA Cup final back in 2003.

This time, their opponents are Manchester United—the opponents of Saints when they won the FA Cup, their only major trophy, in 1976.

As you may have guessed, Saints have never won the League Cup—coming closest in the 1979 final, where they lost to Nottingham Forest.

New Saints defender Martin Caceres could make his debut in a cup final after the the 29-year-old former Barcelona and Juventus defender joined the club last week and impressed boss Claude Puel during a training camp in Spain.

The talismanic Virgil van Dijk remains sidelined with injury.

United, meanwhile, will be eager to win their first piece of silverware under the guidance of Jose Mourinho.

No additional team news of significance for either side. However, Mourinho did confirm that Wayne Rooney, who has been linked with big-money moves in China—will be involved in the action on Sunday afternoon.


Stats Zone via BBC Sport:

This is the second time these sides have met in the final of a competition, having played each other 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.

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

This will be United's ninth League Cup final appearance. They have won four and lost four, but three of those victories have been in their past three finals (2006 v Wigan, 2009 v Spurs and 2010 v Aston Villa).

Only Liverpool (12) have appeared in more League Cup finals than United (nine) and only Arsenal (five) have lost more finals than the Red Devils.

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

Only Brian Clough (four) and Sir Alex Ferguson (four) have won the League Cup more times than Jose Mourinho (three).

Mourinho has never lost an English domestic cup final in his career, also winning the FA Cup in 2007.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four goals in the four domestic cup finals he played for 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.

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.

Claude Puel has only 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.


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