Manchester United galloped into a 2-0 lead over Southampton in the EFL Cup Final at Wembley this afternoon but the Saints pulled a goal back just before the break, before scoring a fantastic goal from Gabbiadini to tie the scores just a few minutes into the second half.
With the game delicately balanced going into the final 15 minutes, hopes for a great fightback by Southampton are contrasted by thoughts of a Man Utd win pushing the Europa League qualifying spots down to 7th place in the Premier League, Everton narrowing the gap on the Manchester club yesterday having now played a game more...
But, with just a few minutes remaining, that man Ibrahimovic broke Saints hearts with a simple header to win it for the Red Devils, 3-2.
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1 Posted 26/02/2017 at 17:37:15
2 Posted 26/02/2017 at 17:37:16
3 Posted 26/02/2017 at 17:39:50
4 Posted 26/02/2017 at 17:43:03
5 Posted 26/02/2017 at 17:55:47
He should have been with us! Everything was in place, wasn't it!!!
Another stalling game by Kenwright and we lose out again. When will we ever get it right?
You don't have to be Steve Walsh looking for the next gem, he was there on a plate all the time.
Rant over! ☹️
6 Posted 26/02/2017 at 18:26:46
Blue-tinted glasses back on, I was hoping for a United victory as that's going to make the path to Europe for us so much easier.
7 Posted 26/02/2017 at 18:32:28
8 Posted 26/02/2017 at 18:33:51
9 Posted 26/02/2017 at 18:36:27
That's probably true to some extent, but winners are winners and losers are losers. I want us to be more like Man Utd today, winning games they don't necessarily deserve to win rather than Saints playing well but ultimately losing.
It's great to have the pats on the back for playing well but, as Ibrahimovic just said, the game is all about winning, deserved or undeserved. As you say, today's result helps Everton a little bit, so we'll take that and hope we can continue our league form for the rest of the season.
10 Posted 26/02/2017 at 18:42:49
Only if they finish 5th or 6th currently. Of course if the FA Cup is won by a top 7 team that alternates to 7th as well.
Looks most likely this year 7th place will get Europa unless a major upset in the FA Cup happens.
11 Posted 26/02/2017 at 18:49:47
12 Posted 26/02/2017 at 18:54:20
13 Posted 26/02/2017 at 18:56:02
Therefore, one of the Champions League qualifiers (4th placed team) would drop into the Europa League, so England would end up with five teams in next season's Champions League and only two in the Europa League.
14 Posted 26/02/2017 at 19:02:56
15 Posted 26/02/2017 at 19:05:38
I agree, he looks like a good piece of business since he arrived, the guy is a great finisher, lively and knows a thing or two about being in the right place at the time, and only 25.
I can only presume that Koeman opted for Lookman and maybe has his eye on other targets for the end of season.
16 Posted 26/02/2017 at 19:05:42
We now need one of the Top 6 to also win the FA Cup for 7th in the Premier League to qualify for the Europa League.
17 Posted 26/02/2017 at 19:11:56
What could complicate matters is Man Utd winning the Europa League and finishing outside the Top 4.
As far as I can work out, if they finish 5th, then 6th and the FA cup winners or 7th would go into the Europa League.
If they finish 6th then 5th in the League and the FA Cup winners or 7th would go in the Europa.
If they finish 7th then 5th and the FA Cup winners or 6th would go in the Europa.
18 Posted 26/02/2017 at 19:17:06
I am not going to try and kid my self we are part of the European elite if we get into this competition by scraping 7th and if you think the prospect of being in this competition will bring the next star, then I think you read footy journos to much. I thought it bad enough that fans celebrate 4th. But 7th?
19 Posted 26/02/2017 at 19:49:40
20 Posted 26/02/2017 at 20:00:59
21 Posted 26/02/2017 at 20:06:37
Whilst I think we will, I'm a little concerned about how we can't shake WBA off. Our goal difference is quite a bit better and I guess beating them at Goodison should do the trick.
22 Posted 26/02/2017 at 20:12:14
23 Posted 26/02/2017 at 20:21:53
Remember losing out on the Uefa Cup on the "one club, one city" rule in the seventies, the bastards do us every time.
24 Posted 26/02/2017 at 20:22:17
25 Posted 26/02/2017 at 20:30:26
If we're to do any better, it'll probably mean us getting a win at grounds we haven't done well at in recent seasons.
26 Posted 26/02/2017 at 20:35:03
That would be 15 points more than last season. Or 5 more wins. That would represent a tremendous improvement.
27 Posted 26/02/2017 at 20:42:32
I think you can only go on what you've seen and on that basis we have sorely missed out, especially after the talk of the deal happening that went on for months, and he was relatively cheap at the end at £14m.
28 Posted 26/02/2017 at 21:14:01
I think to break into the top 6 we would have to get 67 or 68 points, beating one of the bigger sides away from home. It's shaping up as one of those seasons the top sides get lots of points. 67/68 has qualified for Champions League in some seasons.
Fortunately I suspect 7th gets into the Europa League, so beating West Brom at home probably secures that.
29 Posted 26/02/2017 at 21:26:54
30 Posted 26/02/2017 at 21:33:23
31 Posted 26/02/2017 at 22:03:34
Colin (14), I agree with you. Mind you his three goals today is an area Rom could improve on, those runs to the near post rather than waiting to see where the ball is going.
32 Posted 26/02/2017 at 22:06:42
Let's hope one of the lesser clubs left on the FA Cup doesn't piss on his chips.
Personally I think the club needs the Europa League it shows progress and will improve the club's coefficient in Europe should we ever get to the Captain's table.
33 Posted 27/02/2017 at 13:44:10
Anyway, I would sooner miss out on it: 4th or 8th!!!
34 Posted 27/02/2017 at 14:26:05
Like others have said, his impact reminds me a bit of Jelavic. I wouldn't be surprised, true to form if the RS put a bid in for him in the summer, and he then gets found out.
35 Posted 27/02/2017 at 22:31:04
36 Posted 28/02/2017 at 10:38:20
Stek in goal.
Browning (rcb) Pennington (cb) Galloway (lcb)
Callum Connolly and Antonee Robinson at full back
Liam Walsh, Kieran Dowell, JonJoe Kenny, Joe Williams making up the midfield.
Calvert-Lewin or Conor Grant up top.
Add to that list the senior players who aren't getting enough game time, the likes of Lennon, Besic, McCarthy, Kone etc.
Using the early stages to get young lads real game time could be huge for us the following season, the first team squad can be used later on in the tourney, and the lads who played the early stages can make themselves available for loans.
37 Posted 28/02/2017 at 11:07:23
And like (regarding the passing of time) it would take about 2,000 years just to live to 50.
Once past 40/50 of course, the opposite happens and it seems like Christmas arrives every 5 months.
The reason I mention this is that, although I know the actual time span is always the same, it does seem as though, at 57, time is whizzing by and I only have a very limited amount of nice, beery, Everton Euro-trips left.
So if we could qualify for Europa this season, I would be very happy.
Specially if we had a couple of trips to nice, friendly, interesting, civilised towns and cities.
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