Ibrahimovic inspiration keeps Man United in top-four race

Posted April 10, 2017

The win means United provisionally leapfrog Arsenal into fifth place, and move within four points of Manchester City with a game in hand.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubled United's lead 46 seconds after the interval and the game petered out, with Sunderland offering little in response as they failed to score for the seventh league game in succession.

Despite that, more than enough folk on Twitter seemed to think the United boss was asking about the song being sung by the away supporters at that particular moment.

Dead balls looked Sunderland's best hope so Bryan Oviedo's tame free-kick from a decent position was wasteful, with the first real test for Sergio Romero - filling in for the injured David De Gea - when Lee Cattermole took aim from distance. "Manchester United were playing well, but it was a decision that went against us".

"After Liverpool and Manchester City's victories, if we didn't win today it's nearly mathematically impossible [to finish fourth]".

He played just 11 minutes of Premier League football under Jose Mourinho this season.

Moyes said: "We'll have a look at it".

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Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring their first goal against Sunderland in the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, April 9, 2017.

"We had lots of players that were not here and the most important thing after the three points was to have no more injuries". It was Larsson's first red card in his 278th Premier League appearance.

Mourinho embraced Shaw and appeared to give him words of encouragement after replacing him with Daley Blind just past the hour mark, and the Portuguese said afterwards that the ex-Southampton man played well.

Despite the fact that Manchester United had more possession in the early going, there wasn't plenty of difference between either side. Zlatan did that. We felt the game was in our pocket.

Mourinho left David De Gea out of the squad for the Sunderland game but said he was confident he would be fit in time for next Sunday's meeting with Chelsea, with Sergio Romero set to continue in goal against Anderlecht.

Demarai Gray released Islam Slimani to level in the fourth minute and six minutes later, Marc Albrighton's free-kick from wide on the left embarrassed Joel Robles to put Leicester ahead.

Of Ibrahimovic's performance, Mourinho added: "You need these players sometimes to make it and normally every top team has a couple of them that can make a difference".