Man Utd confirmed line-up vs Sunderland: No De Gea, controversial captain choice

Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring in the first half before Sebastian Larsson received a controversial red card shortly before half-time.

Sunday's victory left United only four points short of the Champions League places with eight games to go and a game in hand over Manchester City in fourth.

Shaw gave United width and penetration down the left flank during the first half, and inside the opening 60 seconds of the second period, his defence-splitting pass teed up Henrikh Mkhitaryan to add to Ibrahimovic's opener and put the visitors 2-0 ahead.

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Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian returned to the line up, while Sergio Romero replaced David de Gea. We were playing quite compact and solid.

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

"We did that and, apart from that, there were no more injuries to add to the hard list we have, because we don't hide that we are still fighting for our situation in the Premier League".

"Today was a good win and we have to keep focus and keep working and keep believing we can reach the top four".




"I told them in the second half we had to go to kill the game".

With a Champions League spot available for the winners of the Europa League, that is arguably their more likely route back into the elite competition and they face a quarter-final, first leg at home to Anderlecht on Thursday.

Only days earlier, Mourinho said Rashford was suffering from a major lack of confidence caused by his lack of goals.

Ibrahimovic has now scored 17 times in a brilliant first season in the Premier League and has a remarkable 250 goals in the five years since he turned 30.

The Uruguayan arrived in Manchester from Independiente amid much hype and expectation, but ultimately failed to deliver during his time at Old Trafford, scoring just 17 goals in almost 100 games before leaving for Villarreal.

For Everton, it was a fine bounce back from their derby defeat to Liverpool and the disappointment of conceding an injury-time equaliser to Manchester United in their 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists he feels like film character Benjamin Button following his Man-of-the-Match display away to Sunderland. "He played a really good hour for us".

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