By Matt Farr
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the hero for Manchester United as they lifted the EFL Cup at the expense of Southampton on Sunday – and fans were thrilled with his display.
The 35-year-old has shown time and time again at Old Trafford this season that he still has the qualities to perform at the top level, and his brace earned his side the first domestic title of the season.
Ibrahimovic opened the scoring for Manchester United with a superbly-taken free-kick at the 20-minute mark, but faded as United were pushed on the back-foot.
Jesse Lingard added a second for United, but a brace from Manolo Gabbiadini either side of half-time drew the scores level.
However, with the game almost destined to go to extra-time, the former Sweden international provided the goods once more with his 87th-minute header.
Manchester United fans on Twitter were elated with the cup final victory, and took to Twitter to praise Ibrahimovic for his defining impact.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Raquel Anderson (@8WonderWoman) February 26, 2017
Unbelievable. Great final and ibrahimovic delivers when it matters again 26 goals so far now #mufc
— Thomas Nolan (@Scouserhater) February 26, 2017
— Sai Krishna (@MufcSaiKrishna) February 26, 2017
Ibrahimovic has justified his signing, silenced the critics whether he's having a great season and today he is our hero! #mufc
— Dan Brown (@DanJBrownMUFC) February 26, 2017
Imagine doubting Zlatan Ibrahimovic and saying he's overrated, a lot of people looks like huge fools now don't they
— Sam (@MuFc_Sam92) February 26, 2017
— Adam Dalton (@Dalton_MUFC) February 26, 2017
— Pierce Johnson (@Pierce2580) February 26, 2017
Such a shame Ibrahimovic is not 5 years younger.. the man has the same aura and self belief as cantona himself..biggest compliment ever that
— kingcantona7 (@gurmindermann) February 26, 2017
Manchester United supporters were also revelling in the fact that Ibrahimovic signed for the club on a free transfer in the summer.
Since his arrival from Paris-Saint Germain, Ibrahimovic has scored an incredible 26 goals from 39 appearances in all competitions.
He now has four goals and an assist from his last four appearances for the club.
In other Manchester United news, despite Ibrahimovic’s success, Jose Mourinho has lined up this European goalscorer to strengthen his squad in the summer.