Monday, 19 February, 2018

Sunderland stay rooted to the bottom after United defeat

Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 17:17

Ageless striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he felt like film character Benjamin Button after taking his tally for the season to 28 goals in Manchester United's 3-0 win at Sunderland.

United nonetheless controlled things from the off against a home side with just five league wins all season and took the lead after 30 minutes through a brilliant Ibrahimovic strike. "These are the players available at the moment and, when I look to the others one, I just expect Valencia to be ready to play and no more". "I was born old and will die young".

Ibrahimovic was in the starring role on a different stage - at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.

However, former United player and Sky Sports pundit, Phil Neville, had another theory.

Ibrahimovic's Benjamin Button comments were put to United manager Jose Mourinho in his postmatch news conference. "He played really well, so it was a good hour for him", he is quoted by ITV Sport. "You could feel that negative feeling that is around a team that is close to relegation".

Shaw deserves his place in the team, especially after his assist as he's by far our best option at left-back and the quicker he can find his feet under Mourinho the better.

Manchester United kept their hopes of a Premier League top-four finish alive with a routine 3-0 win over 10-man Sunderland on Sunday.

Sunderland remains bottom having now failed to score in its last seven games, 10 points adrift of safety.

Mourinho told BBC: "We want to fight in the Premier League until it is mathematically impossible". "We believe in it and we will do everything to get into the top four".

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

Had the Red Devils fallen on Sunday, they would have turned all their attention to the Europa League.

Equally importantly for Mourinho, his depleted squad sustained no fresh injuries as they step up their preparations for the midweek Europa League quarter-final first-leg trip to Anderlecht in a competition which offers a Champions League place to the eventual winners.

Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku's double ensured Craig Shakespeare's ideal record as Leicester manager was ended at Goodison Park.