In 163 minutes of football for Southampton since arriving for £14 million on transfer deadline day, Manolo Gabbiadini has scored three times in two appearances -- more than 10 per cent of the club's Premier League goals this season. Add to that goals in his final two appearances for Napoli and you have to go back to the start of December to find a game in which Gabbiadini did not score -- and even then he was only given 56 minutes to shine against Benfica in the Champions League. Gabbiadini is expected to lead the attack in what is their first cup final appearance since they lost 3-2 to Nottingham Forest in the same competition in 1979.
Rooney, United's all-time top scorer, has not played since the start of February and missed Sunday's FA Cup fifth-round win over Blackburn Rovers. "I don't know," Mourinho told reporters when asked if Rooney would be fit to face Southampton in the final.
Jose Mourinho is unsure whether injured Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney will recover in time to play in the EFL Cup final against Southampton. The forward is suffering with a muscular problem and has not featured in any of United's last three matches in all competitions.