Zlatan key to breaking ´sad´ Sunderland down - Mourinho
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 1:50
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. Here's all the info you need about the ground.
Once again it was veteran Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic who provided the inspiration for Jose Mourinho's side, scoring the opener and setting up a late goal for Marcus Rashford.
"I think you're on your way to losing your players".
Manchester United have confirmed their team for Sunday's Premier League clash with Sunderland and Marouane Fellaini has been named captain while Paul Pogba returns to the starting XI. "I think it's as hard as finishing fourth but it's the only competition we can win now".
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It was 35-year-old Ibrahimovic's 250th strike since he turned 30, and the evergreen Swede believes he has more than compensated for increasing physical limitations with a better understanding of his craft.
"We don't score enough goals for the way we play and the teams that come to Old Trafford, they know that".
Regardless of the personnel though, the most important thing on Sunday for United is all three points, and given the quality with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the final third, they'll expect to have too much for Sunderland.
"I wanted him to play a little bit more". He played really well, so it was a good hour for him.
United are four points behind Manchester City with a game in hand, and they're due to face City later in April-the derby is likely to have a significant impact on which team finishes in the UEFA Champions League places. "Today the result was helped by the referee", said Sunderland manager David Moyes, the former United boss. That is a shocking run of futility, and one that makes it look like the Black Cats are doomed to relegation.
According to Rice, Mourinho added: "We want to fight in the Premier League until it is mathematically impossible. When they are losing and they have one player less, they try to attack, they have one player less, they open more spaces and normally you win the game". It resumes its campaign with a quarterfinal first leg in Belgium against Anderlecht on Thursday.