Man Utd boss Mourinho: We all believe in Rashford

Manchester United will fight for a top-four finish in the Premier League until it is "mathematically impossible", says manager Jose Mourinho, after a 3-0 victory at bottom placed Sunderland.

The visitors put the game to bed less than a minute into the second half as Henrikh Mkhitaryan squeezed one past Jordan Pickford.

But Rashford, who came on for Jesse Lingard, seasled the win for the Red Devils after he was played in by Ibrahimovic in the 89th minute.

Sunderland have seven matches to make up a 10-point deficit after Moyes - whose threat to "slap" a female reporter is being looked at by the Football Association - saw his former club go ahead through a fine Ibrahimovic strike.

The Wearsiders are hosts again next Saturday as they welcome West Ham United.

United visit Anderlecht in the first leg of the Europa quarter-finals on Thursday and on this evidence Luke Shaw may start for them at left-back.

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

"We keep fighting, we keep going", he said after suggesting he will consider attempting to overturn Larsson's impending suspension by appealing against the sending-off.

The midfielder has now made his return to the starting XI to Jose Mourinho's side in one of five changes made by the Portuguese manager for the match against Sunderland. Today was a good win and we have to keep working, keep believing we can reach the top four.

Manchester United take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light hoping to get back on track for a top four finish.

Having regrouped after Oviedo's game-ending injury, Victor Anichebe almost levelled after turning to get away a close-range shot impressively blocked by Romero.

"I don't want to blame referees for my position and us losing", he said.

"We're not scoring enough to win matches and because of that is a reflection of the points we have".

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

  • Julie Sanders