Southampton are gunning for their first piece of cup silverware since lifting the 1976 FA Cup final and have had two weeks to prepare for this final, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be better off for it. Claude Puel’s side have only actually won one of their last four matches.
Manchester United are in great form and have only one defeat in their last 25 matches in all competitions. They are clear favourites here but injuries in key positions will make this final more difficult for Jose Mourinho’s side, as they bid to win the League Cup for the first time since 2010.
Mourinho has a sensational record in finals and it’s hard to bet against United. This will be the third time United have been to Wembley in the last 10 months and they triumphed in each of their first two visits. It will be a very tight affair but United should shade it, although might need extra time to overcome Southampton. Naija and Bet
Manchester United – Michael Carrick is available after picking up a slight injury picked up on Thursday night, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan is ruled out. Jose Mourinho has confirmed Wayne Rooney will also be in the squad, while a late fitness test is required for Phil Jones.
Eric Bailly was sent off on Thursday in the Europa League but is free to play here. Mourinho must also decide who he starts at left back with Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Mateo Darmian all favourites over Luke Shaw.
Southampton – Martín Cáceres joined Southampton on a free earlier this month but hasn’t played competitively in more than 12 months and will be lacking match fitness. Claude Puel must decide whether to gamble on his fitness or trust 22-year-old Jack Stephens with Virgil van Dijk ruled out.
Sofiane Boufal sustained an ankle injury at the start of the month and only returned to training on Thursday. A late decision will be made whether he is included in the 18, with Nathan Redmond poised to start in his absence.