Man Utd enjoy comfortable win at Sunderland

“I know what I am able to do”, Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports. ‘My game is improving, I’m getting better and better.

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Shaw’s future has been cast into doubt following public criticism from the Portuguese, after he questioned the commitment of the 21-year-old, who was signed by previous boss Louis van Gaal from Southampton in 2014.

“I feel like Benjamin Button – I was born old and I will die young”. Fitzgerald’s short story was adapted into a 2008 movie – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – starring Brad Pitt.

After 30 minutes, Manchester United appeared in danger of meandering its way to another disappointing result.

Ibrahimovic’s comments were put to manager Mourinho in the post-match press conference. “He played really well, so it was a good hour for him”, he is quoted by ITV Sport.

The full-back was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up and set up Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s goal in what proved to be a routine win over the league’s bottom club, who had Sebastian Larsson sent off in the first half.

Jose Mourinho said Manchester United would fight for a top-four finish in the Premier League until it was “mathematically impossible” after a 3-0 victory at Sunderland on Sunday.

Sunderland are 10 points from safety with just seven games left and have not scored for seven matches.

“We do some good things but just lack a bit of quality but it’s not for the want of trying”. It was “yes”. We got three points and it was a solid display.

“Jose keeps rotating the team, but he never rotates Zlatan, who plays in every single minute of every single game”.

Unlike its rivals, United can still qualify for next season’s Champions League by winning the Europa League.

Injuries to Phil Jones and Chris Smalling leave Mourinho mean Shaw is likely to feature in a big week for United, with the trip to Anderlecht for Thursday’s Europa League quarter final followed by Chelsea’s arrival at Old Trafford on Sunday.

It is hard to see where another win is going to come from and the Black Cats’ relegation to the Championship could be confirmed as soon as 26 April – with five games remaining.

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Everton took the lead after 30 seconds through Tom Davies but the visitors struck back with two goals in nine minutes – Islam Slimani finishing off a Demarai Gray counter-attack and Marc Albrighton beating a poorly positioned Joel Robles with a curling free kick.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera celebrate goal