Zlatan: I was born old and will die young

Mourinho's overall thoughts: "We got the three points and it was a solid performance against a team which is sad - that's normal - and when you play against a team that is sad, if you score before them the game is nearly over because it's hard to react".

On Sunday against Sunderland, the 35-year-old scored the opening goal for Manchester United and reached a personal landmark. His determination, he is very important to the team. We've got a home game next, let's see if we can get some momentum, try to get a win'.

"The older you are, the more experienced, the more intelligent and you don't waste energy on things you don't need", Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports.

Ibrahimovic's statistics suggest he may indeed now be using more brains than brawn on the pitch. He was impeded as he was about to shoot and we didn't get it, but let's hope he can get some goals.

Manchester United sit four points back of fourth place Manchester City with a match in hand. They travel to Belgian side Anderlecht for the quarterfinal of Europe's second-tier club competition on Thursday.

Rashford rounded out the scoring with in the last minute after exchanging passes with Ibrahimovic on the right.

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

With regards to what the three points means to their season, Mourinho continued: "The result was good".

The champions had won five consecutive league games after sacking Claudio Ranieri in February following a run of results that left it just above the relegation zone.

Sunderland was not helped by the controversial sending off of Sebastian Larsson for a challenge on Ander Herrera.

"I wanted him to play a little bit more, so at 2-0, one hour in, with the crowd asking for everything and putting the referee under a little bit of pressure, no risk (taken)".

Marcus Rashford was released by Zlatan late on and fired past the young keeper to add insult to injury for David Moyes and his side.

Sunderland, who face an nearly impossible battle against relegation, still tried to gain a foothold in the game despite their man disadvantage, with Jermain Defoe curling over after good work from Didier Ndong.

  • Julie Sanders