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Sunderland v Manchester United preview Mourinho claims draw-specialists United are strong at home

Sunderland v Manchester United preview Mourinho claims draw-specialists United are strong at home

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 28th goal of the season as Manchester United closed on the Premier League top four with a routine 3-0 win at relegation-threatened Sunderland on Sunday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic sparked United into life with a superb opener before Sebastian Larsson was sent off for a unsafe tackle, leaving space for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and substitute Marcus Rashford to seal the three points after the break.

Sunderland Swedish midfielder Sebastian Larsson was sent off just 13 minutes later for a challenge against Manchester's Ander Herrera and it gave United a big advantage.

It was 35-year-old Ibrahimovic's 250th strike since he turned 30, and the evergreen Swede believes he has more than compensated for increasing physical limitations with a better understanding of his craft.

After the resounding victory over dead last Sunderland, Mourinho said the win keeps their hopes alive for a top four finish.

"At the end the best team will win so the game was good and we got the 1-0 and the red card".

United, who move above Arsenal, are four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City with one game in hand over their neighbours. "I believe in myself and I know what I'm able to do", said Ibrahimovic, whose United future beyond this season remains undecided.

Griezmann scores late as Atletico draws 1-1 at Real Madrid
Joaquin Correa was introduced into the frame as Atletico searched for an equaliser but the home side's defence was standing firm. Most of Atletico Madrid's hopes to beat crosstown rival Real Madrid will ride on the shoulders of Antoine Griezmann.

United will lock horns with Anderlecht in the first leg of the Europa quarter-finals while they will take on Chelsea in their next Premier League clash. It was a disappointing result, 3-0, especially in a game where we really thought we'd have a real chance.

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"We were playing quite compact and solid". "We were in control without danger".

Liverpool, in third place, are six ahead of United having played two games more.

"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. I didn't think we started too well but we'd began to grow into the game, but that was it [after the second goal]". "You always need players like Jesse to support those types of players like Park [Ji-sung] because they balance off the talented players, do the work and fill in gaps".

Having regrouped after Oviedo's game-ending injury, Victor Anichebe almost levelled after turning to get away a close-range shot impressively blocked by Romero.

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