Southampton ace Manolo Gabbiadini has revealed that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho personally congratulated as well as heaped praises on him following his performance in the EFL Cup final.
The Saints’ £14.6 million-worth January signing has been in stunning form since joining Southampton from Serie A outfit Napoli, and he has already scored 5 goals in 3 appearances in all English competitions so far.
His most crucial goals of the lot came at Wembley, where he single-handedly brought Southampton, who were 2-0 down, up to 2-2 with his sensational brace. However, his team were eventually outscored late in the final, courtesy of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s headed winner.
Despite having been on the losing side, the former Napoli man was one of the most standout performers on Sunday, and his stunning display earned him some well-deserved applause from not only the fans of both Southampton and Manchester United, but also the Red Devils’ boss, Jose Mourinho.
The Special One was seen having a chat with Gabbiadini after the full-time whistle, and the Southampton star has now revealed precisely what Jose said to him during their interaction.
“When a character like Mourinho comes at you, shakes your hand and says, ‘You did a great job, you scored two goals of a real champion’, you feel something special. Mourinho is a special person, and not only for his successes as a manager. He is charismatic,” Gabbiadini told Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Portuguese heaped further praise on the Italian’s goals during his post-final press conference, wherein he stated (via MEN): “We could see that in the moment the game was broken.
“With the 2-2 they have an advantage and I think we were lucky to be 2-0, but we were very unlucky to be 2-1, because it changed the direction of the game. And obviously the 2-2, phenomenal goal, it’s such a difficult shot, but the execution is phenomenal.”