Henrikh Mkhitaryan issues Man United warning to Liverpool

Zlatan Ibrahimovic sparked United into life with a superb opener before Sebastian Larsson was sent off for a risky tackle, leaving space for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and substitute Marcus Rashford to seal the three points after the break.

Evergreen Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic likened himself to film character Benjamin Button after inspiring his team to a 3-0 victory at Premier League basement club Sunderland yesterday.

"I train hard and I keep focussing".

"But the game is improving, I am getting better and better and like I said, I feel like Benjamin Button - I was born old and I will die young!" We played with one more for a long time.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic needs more support from players like Jesse Lingard at Manchester United.

Mourinho felt the magic provided by Ibrahimovic - who has hit nine goals in his last eight Premier League appearances away from home - helped his side get on course for a good result before Sebastian Larsson's red card made Sunderland's task even tougher. "I'm not anxious. The older you are, the more experienced, the more intelligent and you don't waste energy on things you don't need". We will do everything to get to the top four. "That position was not creating big problems but he was solid and was confident with the ball and was going forward with some danger, reading the game well", Mourinho said. We controlled the match and with the second goal immediately, it was finished.

"With the Community Shield and EFL Cup in the pocket, the Europa League is the only competition we can win".

Sunderland manager David Moyes lamented referee Craig Pawson's decision to show Seb Larsson a straight red card for leading with a raised foot in a challenge on Ander Herrera just before half-time.

He didn't score at all during his first season and took 27 games to get off the mark, with his first strike eventually coming during a 5-2 win against Maccabi Haifa.

Leicester struck back three minutes later though with a trademark counter-attack, Demarai Gray bursting deep into home territory before he slipped the ball to Islam Slimani and the Algerian coolly side-footed past Joel Robles.

"We played some fantastic football in the first 45 minutes, really good team performance today".

"The manager [David Moyes] tells us every week to stay in the game but going two down gives you a mountain to climb, especially against a team like United".

United had plenty of chances to extend its lead as Sunderland tried to get back in the game and finally took one in the 90th.

  • Julie Sanders