Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates with the trophy after his side won the League Cup Final.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates with the trophy after his side won the League Cup Final. Nick Potts

Saints boss wants video help for refs after final shocker

SOUTHAMPTON boss Claude Puel has called for the introduction of video technology after the Saints were wrongly denied the opening goal in the EFL Cup final against Manchester United.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 87th minute winner saw the Red Devils claim the trophy, but Southampton could feel hard done by after Manolo Gabbiadini was harshly disallowed a goal for offside with the score 0-0 in the 11th minute.

Cedric Soares had crossed low into the six yard box and Gabbiadini side-footed past David de Gea, but his celebrations were curtailed by a dubious offside decision.

Replays showed that Gabbiadini, who went onto score twice to level the match after Ibrahimovic and Jesse Lingard's goals, had in been onside and Ryan Bertrand (who didn't impact the play) was offside.

Gabbiadini later hit the post before Ibrahimovic's winner.

Afterwards, Puel said video technology to decide offside decisions would be a good move in the future.

"It was all the game unlucky because the first goal of Gabbiadini is a good goal," he said.

"He scored three good goals this afternoon. But the decision did not go for us.

"I'm disappointed for the players and the fans. Just before the third goal we had the best situation and opportunities. It's a big disappointment with the quality of this game."

The decision costed Southampton a chance to lift its first major trophy since it beat United in the 1976 FA Cup final, but Puel was still proud of his side.

"At 2-0 we came back with quality," he said.

"When you come back a second time it was good football with many chances. Perhaps we deserved better but it's football and congratulations to Manchester United.

"For them to have two shots and score two goals was very hard. We showed very good spirit to come back.

"We were underdogs but now I think we can say it was a good thing to say it was possible to win."

United coach Jose Mourinho is the first United manager to win a major trophy in his maiden season at Old Trafford, a feat not achieved by Old Trafford greats Sir Alex Ferguson or Sir Matt Busby.

The League Cup is the 54-year-old's 19th major trophy of his glittering career and he was full of praise for the striker he picked up on a free transfer.

"Ibrahimovic won the game for us because he was outstanding," Mourinho said.

"Our opponents were better than us for long periods of the game and didn't deserve to lose over 90 minutes.

"Ibrahimovic made the difference. He gave us a cup."

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