Friday 23 February 2018

Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes Arsenal trophy dig following Manchester United's EFL Cup final win

Zlatan Ibrahimovic poses with his first major English trophy. CREDIT: ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC INSTRAGAM
Zlatan Ibrahimovic poses with his first major English trophy. CREDIT: ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC INSTRAGAM

Callum Davis

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has appeared to take a swipe at Arsenal's major trophy record after playing a starring role in Manchester United's EFL Cup final win over Southampton on Sunday evening.

The 35-year-old striker scored twice in Manchester United's 3-2 win over Southampton - including the 88th-minute winner - to secure the season's first piece of silverware.

The League Cup win represented Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 32nd major honour of his career and his second English trophy of the season following Manchester United's Community Shield triumph in August.

Arsenal have won two FA Cup trophies in recent years and Zlatan Ibrahimovic seemed to take a pot-shot at Manchester United's Premier League rivals in an interview after the game at Wembley.

"We are winning. After seven months I have two trophies with this club,’ said Ibrahimovic.

"There are other clubs that didn’t win for 10 years. I’ve won what they won in 10 years, so I’m happy with that."

"Wherever I have gone I have won. I think this is trophy number 32 for me. This is what I predicted," said Ibrahimovic in a separate interview.

"My friend, I keep doing it. I am enjoying it in England. You appreciate it more the older you get. This is what I came for - to win, and I am winning."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's is on a one-year contract at Manchester United but Jose Mourinho has admitted he hopes the Swede will take up the option to extend his deal with the club.

"I never beg a player to play for me, but we all want and believe he will stay one more season," said Mourinho.

"I never beg for a player to sign a contract. But if needed, the fans can go to the door of his house and stay there all night."

The win also took Manchester United one clear of Liverpool's record for the most major trophies in English football history.

Prior to Sunday's match Liverpool and Manchester United were both tied on 41 major honours but United's last-gasp win over Southampton took the club to 42.

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