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Ibrahimovic strikes twice as Manchester United clinch League Cup

LONDON: Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved his hunger for silverware has not diminished with age as the Swede's double earned a 3-2 win over Southampton in an absorbing League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday. After a stirring Saints fightback revived memories of their shock 1976 FA Cup final victory over United and with extra time looming, the 35-year-old Ibrahimovic pounced to head Ander Herrera's cross past goalkeeper Fraser Forster. His 26th goal of the season in all competitions followed a sublime…

Manchester United edge spirited Hull City to reach League Cup final

LONDON: Manchester United reached the League Cup final but were made to sweat as Hull City won the second leg of their last-four encounter 2-1 on Thursday to come within one goal of forcing extra time. Hull's Oumar Niasse scored in the 85th minute to reduce the aggregate deficit to 3-2, but there was to be no fairytale comeback for the Premier League relegation strugglers who were spirited in their efforts to overturn their 2-0 first-leg defeat. Tom Huddlestone had put the hosts ahead after 35 minutes from the penalty…

Southampton stun Liverpool to reach League Cup final

LONDON: Shane Long struck a stoppage-time winner as Southampton upset Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield on Wednesday to become the first side to reach the League Cup final without conceding after expertly manning the barricades in their last-four second leg clash. Liverpool laid siege to Southampton's goal in the second half having been outplayed in the opening 45 minutes, but the visitors were doggedly determined to keep the hosts at bay and poached a winner at the death to seal a 2-0 aggregate victory. Southampton had chances…

Ibrahimovic, Martial see Manchester United through, Arsenal crash

MANCHESTER: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial scored twice as Manchester United crushed West Ham United 4-1 in the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday, while Arsenal were humbled by Southampton. United manager Jose Mourinho served a one-game touchline ban after his dismissal for kicking a water bottle during Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw against West Ham, but his absence had no ill-effects. Ibrahimovic put United ahead in the second minute and although Ashley Fletcher equalised, Martial's second-half brace…

Sturridge puts Liverpool through in League Cup

LONDON: Daniel Sturridge served a reminder of his worth to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with both goals in a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in England's League Cup on Tuesday. Sturridge has started three of Liverpool's last four Premier League games on the bench, but he seized his chance at Anfield to send last season's beaten finalists into the quarter-finals. Arsenal also progressed, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring twice in a 2-0 win over Reading, while Hull City won 2-1 at second-tier Bristol City. "Overall…