Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Man United star sends message after Sunderland win

Jose Mourinho's men saw both Liverpool and Manchester City pick up vital victories on Saturday, but goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Marcus Rashford secured the Red Devils an easy win at the Stadium of Light.

Six draws in their last nine league games had eroded United's hopes of a top-four finish and victory over Sunderland was imperative if they were to stay in touch.

Sunderland then lost Larsson to a furiously contested straight red card after referee Craig Pawson decided the Swede's challenge on Ander Herrera had been unduly reckless.

'My game is improving, I'm getting better and better, ' the Manchester United forward said after scoring his side's opener against Sunderland on Sunday. "You are quite solid mentally, hard to beat, fighting against hard circumstances". In fact, Defoe didn't get a touch of the ball until 20 minutes into the game.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has likened himself to Benjamin Button, saying he "was born old and will die young", after scoring in Manchester United's 3-0 win over Sunderland. "We'll keep going until it's mathematically impossible to stay up".

With Ibrahimovic now up to 17 Premier League goals for the season at the age of 35, the former Sweden global said he feels like the movie character Benjamin Button, who ages in reverse.

And Ibrahimovic says he feels "more intelligent" in his approach to the game at this late stage of his career.

"He was very good, " Mourinho said.

It resumes its campaign with a quarterfinal first leg in Belgium against Anderlecht on Thursday.

Manchester United will have a great future if the players continue to take on board Jose Mourinho's criticism, defender Eric Bailly has told the official Premier League website.

"After we got to 4-2 we really controlled the game and it's one of the most complete performances of the season", said Everton manager Ronald Koeman.

Despite that, more than enough folk on Twitter seemed to think the United boss was asking about the song being sung by the away supporters at that particular moment. He read the game well so it was good for him.

  • Loretta Pittman