Manolo Gabbiadini has revealed what Jose Mourinho told him during the EFL Cup final on Sunday.
Gabbiadini scored twice at Wembley to bring Southampton to within a goal of their first trophy in 41 years, but his efforts were to no avail.
He also had one strike wrongly disallowed for offside, before he was substituted in the 83rd minute.
Within four minutes of his departure, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had scored his second goal of the game, winning United the trophy.
Gabbiadini was seen talking to United manager Mourinho upon his removal from the game.
The Italian told Gazzetta dello Sport that the 53-year-old praised his efforts.
“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,” the striker said.
“Mourinho is a special person, and not only for his successes as a manager. He is charismatic.”