At 35 years old, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the most senior players in the Premier League—but there’s a reason why he’s still around. With Manchester United looking to take on Southampton in this weekend’s League Cup final, United is looking to Zlatan as their lucky charm. Looking to the stats, bettingexpert research shows that Zlatan really thrives when it comes to cup finals.
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High Win Rate
Having made 16 cup appearances in his career, the striking Swede has been on the winning side 11 times. This results in a finals win rate of 69%—not a bad sign for José Mourinho who is potentially looking to take home his first cup since moving in to Old Trafford.
Additionally, the last time Manchester United took home the EFL Cup was in 2010 against Aston Villa. Winning it once more would not be a bad start for Mourinho and Zlatan’s inaugural season with the Red Devils.
Game winning goals
Let’s make it clear, Zlatan works hard to earn his lucky charm status for cup finals. In the 11 winning cup finals he has partaken in, Zlatan has scored an average of 0.64 games per season.
His real time to shine came during his time with Paris Saint Germain, where in both final appearances when the Swede scored, he managed to score two goals in each match.
With Zlatan ranked in the top five goal scorers of the Premier League, we can expect the Swede to hit Southampton hard this weekend.