Zlatan: I was born old and will die young

Hazel Gray
April 20, 2017

The veteran striker scored his 28th goal of the season to help United to a 3-0 win over 10-man Sunderland on Sunday, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford also on the scoresheet.

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring in the 30th minute, swiveling brilliantly and firing home from outside the box.

Sunderland manager David Moyes attributed defeat to referee Craig Pawson's controversial decision to send off Black Cats midfielder Sebastian Larsson for a studs-up tackle shortly before half-time. "We're still fighting for the top four and we can win the Europa League - although it's as hard as finishing fourth".

Jose Mourinho says Manchester United are still committed to trying to secure a top-four Premier League finish following Sunday's 3-0 Premier League victory over Sunderland.

The result left Sunderland 10 points adrift of safety at the foot of the table and Mourinho said they had played like a team who were "close to relegation". "It was under control but we needed the second goal to kill mentally the opponent", United chief coach Jose Mourinho told his club's website.

Manchester United will take on Anderlecht in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie on Thursday night.

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It's not clear whether Mourinho is going to make the Premier League or Europa League his top priority, but he does still have to think about both ... all because of one result. "Lukaku and Barkley didn't need to respond (but) they showed today they are fantastic football players. But we started the game, scored a goal and killed it".

One Manchester United player that has been free of Mourinho's wrath this season is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been the leading light in a rather dreary campaign for the Red Devils.

But Ibrahimovic added: "It was an important three points, especially after games when we haven't got what we wanted".

With the EPL's top four all having won on Saturday, it was essential for United to return to winning ways having been left disappointed by home draws in its previous two games.

Any Sunderland hope disappeared with Larsson's red card and 46 seconds after the break Mkhitaryan fired past Pickford. "Apart from that, he is playing all the time and looking very fit".

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