By Matt Farr

Football Insider rates the Manchester United players during their EFL Cup Final win over Southampton on Sunday.

David De Gea 7 – A series of fine saves. Shows the value of a world-class stopper.

Marcos Rojo 5 – Caused great problems by Soares on the overlap. An outright left-back option needed.

Antonio Valencia 6 – Kept on his toes defensively. Decent delivery in the final-third..

Chris Smalling 6 – Struggled for authority until Carrick introduction.

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Eric Bailly 4 – Poor man-marking of Gabbiadini from the 22-year-old. Failed to track runs and came out second best.

Ander Herrera 6 – Often easily bypassed by Southampton. Looked a red-card waiting to happen at times following an early booking.

Paul Pogba 6 – Little big-game impact from the £89m man. Weak defensive contribution, often caught wandering at key moments. Improved later on.

Anthony Martial 4 – Isolated and ineffective. Had little to do on the left-hand side. Won’t help his long-term future.

Jesse Lingard 6 – Predictable at times, but a decent display. Excellent composure for United’s second goal. Lost it in the second.

Juan Mata 5 – Deployed in a role that had very little use. Hooked at half-time in-favour of ball-winner Carrick.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 8 – A man for the big occasion. Had that impact with a brilliant free-kick. Left isolated as United receded, but came up with the match-winning moment.


Michael Carrick 6 (for Mata 45) – Introduced to regain some midfield control. Had to babysit Pogba and Herrera.

Marcus Rashford 6 (for Lingard 77)

Marouane Fellaini 6 (for Martial 90)

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