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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Man United star sends message after Sunderland win

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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.

The 35-year-old Ibrahimovic scored the first goal of the game with a sublime turn and finish midway through the first-half and also set up Marcus Rashford for the final strike near the end of the game.

Evergreen Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic likened himself to film character Benjamin Button after inspiring his team to a 3-0 victory at Premier League basement club Sunderland yesterday.

"The older you are, the more experienced, the more intelligent and you don't waste energy on things you don't need", Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports.

Vidic, who spent eight seasons at Old Trafford, has watched on as Mourinho has gotten to grips with arguably the biggest managerial post in England - a maiden campaign which now sees the Red Devils lying fifth in the Premier League with 10 matches still to play.

He got his name on the scoresheet again in more prosaic circumstances just 46 seconds after the restart.

"But I didn't think it was a good decision".

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Perhaps the one question over Silva's claim to true greatness is a lack of goals, scoring just 49 times in seven seasons at City. West Ham took a big step toward league survival after defeating Swansea 1-0 to end a run of five straight losses.

United, who move above Arsenal, are four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City with one game in hand over their neighbours.

Sunderland remains bottom having now failed to score in its last seven games, 10 points adrift of safety. I agree (he is getting better).

Mourinho on the run-in: "After Manchester City and Liverpool won, if we hadn't won today it would have nearly been mathematically impossible. The Premier League we cannot win, but [the] Europa League we can", Mourinho said. Mourinho came and brought in four players, but to build a winning team you need time, six months is not enough, but I do believe the team is growing.

"We keep going. We have another home game next Saturday, and we have to try and win it", Moyes said.

Speaking at his pre-match news conference on Friday, Mourinho said: "One thing's for sure, Marcus is having awesome experience on the pitch this season, playing in every competition - Europe, the Premier League, the cups, Wembley, finals".

"We have lots of injuries, I don't think it's even possible for us to rotate a lot", he added. "Apart from that, he is playing all the time and looking very fit".

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