“Southampton deserved to go to extra-time, they didn’t deserve to lose in 90 minutes, but he made the difference and won us the cup.”

United still have the chance to win a treble of cup competitions, as they remain in the FA Cup and Europa League, with Mourinho – now a four-time EFL Cup winner – feeling the victory could be crucial in his team’s progression.

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“This is the first one plus the Charity Shield,” said the United manager. “For the development of the team there is nothing better than doing it with a feeling of trophies.

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“We now have Bournemouth in the Premier League, Rostov in the Europa league, Chelsea in the FA Cup – so much to play for.

“I could feel the difference in freshness between one team and the other. We would have been in trouble had it gone to extra time. I had to make the team compact because the fuel was in their legs and not in ours.”