Ibrahimovic inspiration keeps Man United in top-four race

Apr 14, 2017, 10:56

SUNDERLAND'S survival hopes look bleaker than ever yesterday after Manchester United strolled to a 3-0 victory that gave Jose Mourinho's men a timely shot in the arm.

He could well have scored another in the second half, but was thwarted by Pickford in the Sunderland goal.

However, a third goal for United, courtesy of Marcus Rashford rounded off a comfortable win for the Red Devils.

The Uruguayan arrived in Manchester from Independiente amid much hype and expectation, but ultimately failed to deliver during his time at Old Trafford, scoring just 17 goals in almost 100 games before leaving for Villarreal.

Sunderland spurned its best chance of the game ten minutes later when Victor Anichebe did his best Ibrahimovic impression, holding off Eric Bailly before forcing a fine save from stand-in United goalkeeper Sergio Romero. You don't waste so much energy.

"The result was good", Mourinho said.

However, former United player and Sky Sports pundit, Phil Neville, had another theory. Post match, Moyes was quick to criticise referee Craig Pawson [for the sending off of Larsson], however - United were on top even prior to the sending off, which ultimately ended the game as a contest.

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The full match is also available to watch on MUTV.

"Lukaku and Barkley didn't need to respond (but) they showed today they are fantastic football players".

United, who are fifth in the Premier League, host Chelsea on Sunday and last won a league game against the leaders in 2012.

But Mourinho says he would prefer to qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League.

Antonio Conte's side knew they needed three points going into the game after second-placed Spurs made light work of Watford in the early kick-off, defeating the Hornets 4-0 at White Hart Lane. "He played well. The opposition was not creating big problems but he was solid and confident on the ball".

Mourinho on the run-in: "After Manchester City and Liverpool won, if we hadn't won today it would have nearly been mathematically impossible". There's no hiding the fact we're in a hard position, but we have a home game next and let's see if we can get a win and get some momentum.

Leicester, who visit Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, remain 11th.

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