After Man U’s sparkling defeat against Southampton at Wembley on Sunday, they took home the EFL Cup and upped their trophy count to 42, surpassing their bitter rivals Liverpool.
Thanks to a late 87th-minute header by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Man U managed to claim a 3-2 victory over Southampton. It was Ibrahimovic’s second goal in the final after a free kick put the team ahead and takes the player’s total to an awe-inspiring 26 goals during his first season at United. This also meant that United now stood level with Liverpool with 44 major trophies each to their name.
Before Sunday’s kick off, Liverpool’s Twitter bio read: “Official worldwide account of Liverpool FC, England’s most successful club with 41 major honours. #LFC” but one fan on Twitter was quick to point out that a Man U win would mean Liverpool would be forced, however reluctantly, to change it. Adding to the embarrassment is the fact that Man U remain in both the Europa League and the FA Cup whereas there is no longer any chance that Liverpool will gain a token of silverware this season.
It was only five years ago, under the management of Kenny Daglish, that then Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard lifted the Capital One Cup at Wembley after a nail-biting penalty shootout against Cardiff City. Liverpool has shown some promise under the management of Klopp, but with only the title left to play for this season and a very little chance that they’ll manage to beat Chelsea’s lead, they have been forced to re-write history.
This League Cup win for United is their first since 2010 and the team are currently the favourites to win the EFL cup. This shows great promise for the future of Mourinho, who has been the only manager in the club’s history to lift a major trophy in his first season. As a 13-time Premier League winner, Mourinho said “I think it is always important to win a trophy. This was the first trophy I won and it was the first trophy that I think Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo won, so it does give players that feeling of what it is like to win something with Manchester United.”
Alongside the Twitter bio change, United defender Chris Smalling took a dig at Liverpool with a picture posted on Instagram of himself and match-winner Ibrahimovic holding the trophy that had the caption ‘Liverpool, WATCH THE THRONE’.
United’s win on Sunday may have given them plenty of right to brag, but Liverpool has lifted the League Cup more times and top United when it comes to the Champions League, the UEFA and the European super cup. A rank of UK clubs by ‘major’ trophies shows that Liverpool and Manchester dominate with Arsenal standing in third place. These are trophies that are earned by playing the whole season, tournament or competition, therefore, awards such as the Charity Shield or Super Cup are not included.