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Referee named for Man United v Southampton final

Andre Marriner will be the man in charge. Credit: PA

Andre Marriner will referee the EFL Cup final between Manchester United and Southampton on February 26.

The EFL announced the appointment of the 46-year-old on Monday. He will be assisted by Richard West and Stuart Burt, with Kevin Friend as fourth official.

Marriner has been a Premier League official since 2004 and on FIFA's panel since 2009.

He refereed the 2013 FA Cup final, when Wigan beat Manchester City.

Southampton defender Van Dijk to miss EFL Cup final

Virgil van Dijk. Credit: PA

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk will miss the EFL Cup final against Manchester United.

The Dutch centre-half suffered an ankle injury against Leicester on January 22 and manager Claude Puel revealed on Thursday he faces up to three months on the sidelines.

That means he is certain to be out of the Wembley cup clash against Jose Mourinho's United on February 26.

"He will not be available for many weeks, two or three months," said Puel.

"It's an important problem and difficult for us. He is important for the group and the fans with his quality and leadership.

"It's a blow but we will find a solution. For the semi-final second leg against Liverpool we got a fantastic result without him and we will continue with other possibilities.

"Ryan Bertrand can play in this position, and we will see with young players like Jack Stephens. We have possibilities."


Southampton bring in young French goalkeeper

Mouez Hassen has joined Southampton. Credit: PA

Southampton have signed goalkeeper Mouez Hassen on a five-month loan deal.

The France Under-21 international joins from French club Nice and will now be back-up to Fraser Forster.

Hassen previously worked with Saints boss Claude Puel at Ligue 1 side Nice.

I am really happy. It’s a pleasure for me to come to England for the first time and I am really happy to get to know the Premier League.

I am really looking forward to joining the team.

– Mouez Hassen
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