Man United v Southampton: It’s tough to look past the Red Devils

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Jose Mourinho looks set to clinch his first competitive silverware as Manchester United manager when his Red Devils side face Southampton in the EFL Cup final at Wembley.

That might seem like an easy conclusion to come to. But try as we might, we just can’t see past a fifth League Cup triumph for United.

Mourinho’s outfit are 4/5 to win in 90 minutes with Claude Puel’s Saints the 4/1 outsiders and the draw available at 5/2.

For those of you who think this showpiece event will go all the way then it’s an even shorter 2/5 for Man United to lift the trophy with Southampton 4/1 shots to win their first major piece of silverware since landing the FA Cup in 1976 (ironically against today’s opponents).

However, while those odds might appeal to those with deep pockets we think there’s better value to be had elsewhere.

For example, we’re enhancing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score and Man United to win (in 90mins) to 9/4.

With United’s chief goal threat netting 24 goals in all competitions already, that bet seems the perfect way to back a Red Devils victory.

Indeed, Zlatan netted a brace when these sides last met way back in August, a game that the Manchester side won to nil.

That was just one of 16 victories in all competitions where Mourinho’s side have emerged victorious while keeping a clean sheet.

It’s 13/8 for Man United to win to nil at the national stadium and deliver a fourth competition success for their Portuguese manager.

Elsewhere, we don’t want to be too dismissive of a Saints side which does carry its own threats heading into this encounter.

January signing Manolo Gabbiadini has already made an impact, netting three goals in his first two appearances.

The Italian international is an enhanced 7/2 to find himself on the scoresheet although ultimately his efforts could be in vain.

Get stuck in and check out our Headline Boosts, available from 08:00 on Sunday 26 February:

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score and Manchester United to win (90 mins) – NOW 9/4

Manolo Gabbiadini to score at anytime (90 mins) – NOW 7/2

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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William Geldart

William contributed to a number of online football blogs before finally finding his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow alongside the rest of the Ladbrokes News team. Now indulging passions for football, horse racing, greyhounds, boxing and political betting. Supports Wycombe Wanderers and can be spotted at various lower league and non-league grounds across the country.