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Man United Defeat 10-Man Sunderland

Man United Defeat 10-Man Sunderland

by | 9th April 2017
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates his goal with teammates.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 28th goal of the season as Manchester United closed on the Premier League top four with a routine 3-­0 win at relegation ­threatened Sunderland on Sunday.

 

Jose Mourinho’s side extended their unbeaten run to 21 league games at a sun-drenched Stadium of Light, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and substitute Marcus Rashford also on target.

 

United closed to within four points of fourth-­place Manchester City, on whom they retain a game in hand, but will drop back to sixth if Arsenal win at Crystal Palace on Monday.

 

Sunderland, who had Seb Larsson contentiously sent off in the first half, now lie 10 points from safety at the foot of the table and look destined for the Championship.

 

Victory set United up nicely for Thursday’s trip to Anderlecht in the quarter­finals of the Europa League, a competition which guarantees a Champions League place to the eventual winners.

 

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