Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Jose Mourinho giving his all to strengthen Manchester United

The first two ended in disappointing home draws against West Bromwich Albion and Everton, leaving United four points adrift of the top four with a game in hand.

United are the bookmakers favourites to win the Europa League.

But 10 of those games have been drawn and seven teams have scored more than their tally of 43 goals this season.

Chicharito is one of the three players that Mourinho mentioned back around St. Patrick's Day. And when you score before them, normally in these circumstances, you kill the match and in the second half, with the second goal, against 10 men, it was comfortable. "Zlatan did that with the goal".

Mourinho claimed he's a long way behind his United team-mates and while his performances on the pitch have suggested otherwise, Mourinho is the only person that can inform us about his attitude to working hard in training.

While the odds are heavily stacked against Sunderland as they stay rooted at the bottom of the Premier League table, there is hope for them in this match.

Sunderland will be boosted by the return of Victor Anichebe who made his return as a substitute against Leicester in midweek.

The Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United is set to start at 1:30pm local time, 6:00pm IST and 8:30am EST. Sunderland aren't at full health either, with Jan Kirchhoff, Steven Pienaar, Duncan Watmore, and former Manchester player Paddy McNair all absent with various injuries. We gave away a poor goal and I thought we needed to get a lot closer.

"Whatever decision is taken between the player, his representatives, and United, he certainly doesn't need so many public kickings from his Old Trafford gaffer", Collymore wrote in his column for the Mirror.

'No, I believe for next week, ' said Mourinho when asked if the injury was long-term.

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  • Julie Sanders