Man Utd see off 10-man Sunderland

For Sunderland, the league table does not make for easy viewing as they are 20th, with 17th placed Hull a considerable 10 points ahead of them.

The referee wasted no time in brandishing a red card after Sebastian Larsson aimed his studs at the shin of Ander Herrera, and so the Black Cats headed into the break with a sizeable chunk of their midfield missing.

It was harsh on David Moyes' side, who'd kept United quiet for much of the first 45 before the sending off.

Wes Brown thinks that Manchester United can still secure a Premier League top-four finish, but they "need to be beating the big boys" to do so.

The Swede struck a wonder goal in the 3-0 win.

Sunderland had just begun to create a few chances but Larsson's dismissal put the fight out of them and United utilised their man advantage by doubling their lead in the 46th minute via a Henrikh Mkhitaryan strike. Sunderland didn't get a kick before the ball found its way to Mkhitaryan inside the penalty area, with the Armenian talking full advantage of the space he was granted to slot inside the far post and deal the hosts a coup de grâce.

He said: "It's hard, but that's life, that's football". The Reds travel to Belgium this week to play Anderlecht in the Europa League quarterfinal.

"After Liverpool and Manchester City's victories, if we don't win today it's nearly mathematically impossible (to finish fourth)", he said.

Moyes' men have now failed to score in their last seven Premier League games and they are 10 points from safety with seven games to go.

Speaking as a pundit on Sky Sports, former England midfielder Redknapp said: 'I think it was a yellow card, but I'm not surprised the referee gave the red because he was so quick to go to his pocket.

"After we got to 4-2 we really controlled the game and it's one of the most complete performances of the season", said Everton manager Ronald Koeman. We're still a bit short in the league but we won the EFL Cup already and we're going for another one. "I've had too many good times here to do that elsewhere", Carrick added.

Substitute Marcus Rashford then got his first league goal since September, finishing well in the 89th minute after Ibrahimovic had set him up to apply gloss to the scoreline.

  • Julie Sanders