EPL: Man United beat 10-man Sunderland 3-0

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic left and Sunderland's Jason Denayer battle for the ball during their English Premier League soccer match at the Stadium of Light Sunderland England Sunday

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic left and Sunderland's Jason Denayer battle for the ball during their English Premier League soccer match at the Stadium of Light Sunderland England Sunday

Jose Mourinho's men saw both Liverpool and Manchester City pick up vital victories on Saturday, but goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Marcus Rashford secured the Red Devils an easy win at the Stadium of Light.

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened scoring for the visitors after 30 minutes.

Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson has never had a reputation as a hatchet man, but he found himself in hot water as he challenged Ander Herrera two minutes before the break.

With Ibrahimovic now up to 17 Premier League goals for the season at the age of 35, the former Sweden global said he feels like the movie character Benjamin Button, who ages in reverse. "We're still fighting for the top four and we can win the Europa League - although it's as hard as finishing fourth".

Jose Mourinho said Manchester United would fight for a top-four finish in the Premier League until it was "mathematically impossible" after a 3-0 victory at Sunderland on Sunday.

As both Liverpool and Manchester City are now above Manchester United in the table, Shaw would surely see a transfer to either club as a decent move, while their free-flowing and attacking styles would give him plenty of freedom. Because of course I can't move the same as five or 10 years ago, but the older, the more experienced, the more intelligent [you get], you don't waste so much energy on things you don't really need.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho: "After Liverpool and Manchester City's victories, if we didn't win today it's nearly mathematically impossible (to finish fourth). But we started the game, scored a goal and killed it".

"I told him it was a very solid performance", the manager told Sky Sports. We gave away a poor goal and I thought we needed to get a lot closer.

Substitute Rashford added gloss to the scoreline in the 89th minute with his first league goal since September, collecting Ibrahimovic's throughball before drilling low across Pickford from 12 yards, as United inflicted further misery on their former boss. Juan Mata, who is now recovering from groin surgery, is the closest player to him with 10 goals.

And it was the Swede who put United ahead with his 28th goal of the season in all competitions.

Benjamin Button, a fictional character created by celebrated American writer F Scott Fitzgerald, was born with the physical characteristics of an elderly man and died as an infant boy. "It was important for us to win and that was the main objective", said Mourinho.

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