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    Sunderland 0 - 3 Man United


    Manchester United boosted their top four hopes with an easy win over bottom side Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

    The first half was a tight affair, with Jesse Lingard having a low shot well saved by home keeper Jordan Pickford. However, United took firm control as Zlatan Ibrahimovic's snapshot on the turn flew into the corner and gave the visitors the lead, and in the process nabbed his  28th goal in all competitons this season as well as his 17th in the league.

    Sunderland never looked like coming back into it, and any hopes of a comeback were pretty much ended as Sebastian Larsson was controversially sent off for a foul on Ander Herrera, although replays left the decision open to interpretation. 

    Victor Anichebe had the hosts best chance, and appeared to be tripped by Eric Bailly on the turn but his shot was saved by Sergio Romero. After half time Henrikh Mkhitaryan finished off a simple move as he slotted a low shot into the corner to finish the game off, although Sunderland could not have made it easier for Jose Mourinho's side, as the visitors had far too much space and time to pass and move, and eventually shoot.

    Jermaine Defoe came closest for the Black Cats, smashing narrowly over the bar, but it was a hard watch for ex-United boss David Moyes as his side showed very little fight, and rarely kept the ball as United dominated possession, keeping it for 71% of the game.

    Paul Pogba came close from range, but they did have a third before the end as substitute Marcus Rashford played a lovely one-two with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and smashed past Pickford for his first goal since January.

    It was an embarrassing performance for the Black Cats, who are ten points adrift with only seven games left, even with a game in hand on their nearest rivals. David Moyes' side could be relegated in the next two weeks if results go against them and they don't pick up wins themselves, which would end a ten year stay in the top flight in disastrous fashion.

    As for Manchester United, it was a needed win with all the top four winning on Saturday. They have two games in hand, one of them away to Manchester City in what could prove crucial to who finishes in the top four.

    MAN OF THE MATCH - Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
    The world's most expensive player has been heavily criticised for his Premier League performances this season, but he was excellent at the stadium of light as his through balls ripped Sunderland's defence apart on countless occasions, and could have scored one or two himself.

    SUNDERLAND: Pickford, Jones, Kone, Denayer, Oviedo (Manquillo 39), Cattermole (Borini 66), Ndong, Rodwell, Larsson, Defoe, Anichebe

    MAN UNITED: Romero, Darmian, Bailly, Rojo, Shaw (Blind 61), Fellaini, Herrera, Pogba, Mkhitaryan (Martial 78), Ibrahimovic, Lingard (Rashford 64)


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