Man Utd coasted to a comfortable 3-0 win over Sunderland on Sunday, boosting their hopes of finishing in the top four in the Premier League.
Goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford secured all three points, which conversely piled further misery on David Moyes and his players as they had hoped for a major boost to escape relegation.
Sebastian Larsson was sent off in the first half to make matters worse, and while Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan scored classy individual goals, the third, as seen below, involved some excellent build-up play before Rashford converted.
BRILLIANCE from Pogba and Ibra leads to the Marcus Rashford goal for Manchester United!!!! pic.twitter.com/gXAdTJqqto
— Aram Cannuscio (@ACannus) April 9, 2017
It was another clean sheet for United, and perhaps to make Jose Mourinho even happier after moaning earlier this week about the lack of a clinical striker in his squad, they scored three well-taken goals.
He didn’t need that prolific forward on Sunday as United got the job done and return home with the win, which temporarily moves them into fifth place in the Premier League table, four points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City, although the Red Devils also have a game in hand.
Ibrahimovic bagged a goal and an assist in a stand-out performance, although there were still reasons for United supporters to be disappointed, with the likes of Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba failing to impress for the most part.
Sunderland player ratings: Pickford 6, Jones 6, Oviedo 6, Denayer 6, Kone 6, Larsson 5, Rodwell 6, Cattermole 6, Ndong 7, Anichebe 6, Defoe 6.
Substitutes: Manquillo 6, Borini 6.
Manchester United player ratings: Romero 7, Darmian 6, Bailly 7, Rojo 6, Shaw 7, Fellaini 7, Herrera 7, Lingard 6, Pogba 6, Mkhitaryan 7, Ibrahimovic 8.
Substitutes: Rashford 7, Blind 6, Martial 6.