Early on in the EFL Cup final, Southampton looked to have gone ahead thanks to a Manolo Gabbiadini goal, only for the effort to be harshly ruled out for offside.
Never at any moment did Gabbiadini look offside. Bad break for Saints.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 26, 2017
Bad times, but after subsequently going 2-0 down, Southampton managed to level the scores thanks to, you guessed it, two goals from that man Gabbiadini.
GOOOOALLLL!!February 26, 2017
In the end, Manchester United broke Southampton hearts with a late winner, which had fans ruing the 25-year-old Saints striker’s disallowed opener.
At least Gabbiadini gets to take the match ball home
..oh wait.#EFLCupFinal— Daniel Holloway (@RFCdan) February 26, 2017
Everyone going nuts cos Ibrahimovic scored 2, well Gabbiadini scored 3. #saintsfc— Dean Harding (@deanoharding) February 26, 2017
So fans, including Peter Reid, decided to celebrate the ‘hat-trick’ anyway.
Gabbiadini GOAL disallowed, a hat trick. Poor officiating.— Peter Reid (@reid6peter) February 26, 2017
Shane Long on got Manolo Gabbiadini - who has scored two goals (well three really) and has run himself to a standstill.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) February 26, 2017
3 - Manolo Gabbiadini is the first person to score 3 goals in a League Cup final. Offside.— OptaJoke (@OptaJoke) February 26, 2017
"No one has ever scored a hat trick in a league cup final"
Well Gabbiadini has...— Ben 'Benson' Bowe (@Benson_EU) February 26, 2017
Gabbiadini scores an imperfect hat-trick
Offside goal— SportsJOE (@SportsJOEdotie) February 26, 2017
A moral victory for Gabbiadini then, although we’re not sure that’s going to mean all that much.