United win leaves Sunderland deep in trouble

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 21, 2017

Manchester United moved within four points of the Premier League's top four on Sunday as they comfortably dispatched 10-man Sunderland 3-0 at the Stadium of Light.

As the travelling United fans went through their brilliant array of chants for departed players, Mourinho was perplexed by one in particular.

With Ibrahimovic now up to 17 Premier League goals for the season at the age of 35, the former Sweden worldwide said he feels like the movie character Benjamin Button, who ages in reverse.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan made it 2-0 before Marcus Rashford scored late on to hand the visitors the vital 3-points.

United have 57 points from 30 games, four behind fourth-placed Manchester City having played a game less.

Jesse Lingard, fresh from signing a new contract worth a reported £100,000 a week, tested Jordan Pickford with an unchallenged strike from 20 yards as United dominated the opening exchanges.

United had further chances to extend their advantage through Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini, but Sunderland nearly equalised through Victor Anichebe who held off Eric Bailly inside the penalty area before seeing his close-range flick diverted wide by Romero. I agree (he is getting better).

However, the home side's hopes of a revival were all but ended two minutes before the break when Larsson was sent off for a risky lunging challenge on Ander Herrera.

He said: "After Liverpool and Manchester City's victories, if we didn't win today it's nearly mathematically impossible (to finish fourth)".

This was Sunderland's 21st league defeat in 31 games this season, while they have now gone 11 hours and 15 minutes without scoring in the top flight.

Mourinho's men won with plenty to spare, enjoying 70 percent of possession and playing against 10 men for more than half the game.

United had plenty of chances to extend its lead as Sunderland tried to get back in the game and finally took one in the 90th. Every team has a couple of them. Winning Europe's second-tier competition would not only provide a Champions League berth but also more silverware for the troubled club. - Sunderland have now failed to score in seven successive Premier League games - the joint-second worst run in Premier League history.

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