Since 1990, The Football League has presented the Alan Hardaker Trophy to the Man of the Match at the League Cup Final. The trophy is named after The League's former secretary who conceived the League Cup and oversaw its launch in 1960. All the winners of the trophy since 1990 are listed below. 

Alan Hardaker Trophy Winners
Season Winner    
2013 Nathan Dyer - Swansea City    
2012 Stewart Downing - Liverpool    
2011 Ben Foster - Birmingham City    
2010 Antonio Valencia - Manchester United    
2009 Ben Foster - Manchester United    
2008 Jonathan Woodgate - Tottenham Hotspur    
2007 Didier Drogba - Chelsea    
2006 Wayne Rooney - Manchester United    
2005 John Terry - Chelsea    
2004 Boudewijn Zenden - Middlesbrough    
2003 Jerzy Dudek - Liverpool    
2002 Brad Friedel - Blackburn Rovers    
2001 Robbie Fowler - Liverpool    
2000 Matt Elliott - Leicester City    
1999 Allan Neilson - Tottenham Hotspur    
1998 Denis Wise - Chelsea    
1997 Steve Walsh - Leicester City    
1996 Andy Townsend - Aston Villa    
1995 Steve McManaman - Liverpool    
1994 Kevin Richardson - Aston Villa    
1993 Paul Merson - Arsenal    
1992 Brian McClair - Manchester United    
1991 Nigel Pearson - Sheffield Wednesday    
1990 Des Walker - Nottingham Forest    

Information supplied by Tony Brown at SoccerData