Mkhitaryan: Man Utd win over Sunderland important

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says belief is so important for Manchester United's top-four pursuit.

"But we played very well to win 3-0".

With the league's top four all having won on Saturday, the victory ensured United kept pace in the race for Champions League qualification as it moved above Arsenal into fifth and within four points of fourth-place Manchester City, which has played one more game.

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

'We don't hide that we are still fighting for our situation in the Premier League but the Europa League becomes a fundamental competition for us, ' he said. We did the Community Shield, we did the League Cup.

"Today was a good win", Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports after he, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford were on target.

Unlike their rivals, United can still qualify for next season's Champions League by winning the Europa League.

The away side looked in little danger after doubling their lead and Ibrahimovic nearly made it three shortly before the hour-mark with a deflected effort that Pickford did well to turn away with this legs.

Mourinho's men struggled badly in front of goal when Ibrahimovic was suspended last month, prompting suggestions that the Red Devils could do with some new attacking players in the summer. The opposition was not creating big problems but he was confident with the ball, went forward with some danger.

"I imagine he has spoken to him on a couple of occasions. Afterwards we play with one more, sometimes it can be more hard and sometimes it can be an advantage". It's good for him to have a rest. "De Gea will probably be fit for Chelsea - yes, if he's in good condition". 'My game is improving, I'm getting better and better. Manager David Moyes rued Larsson's controversial dismissal. I've had a look at it, so don't worry about that, I've had a look at it. If you are out of the loop, or simply want to catch up quickly, here's our recap of events from Friday to Sunday night. But he gets the ball, he touches the ball. But we have to fight for it.

"We have lots of injuries, I don't think it's even possible for us to rotate a lot", he added.

Moyes on the run-in: "There is a game less which means it's tougher".

Forced to play with 10 men for more than 45 minutes, the home team was powerless to stop the visitors, who had already gone ahead through Zlatan Ibrahimovic before the red card.

  • Julie Sanders