Man United 3 Sunderland 1
Manchester United 3 Sunderland 1, Old Trafford Stadium, English Premier League, December 26, 2016. Zlatan Ibrahimovic registered his 50th goal for club and country in all competitions in 2016 as Manchester United comfortably defeated David Moyes´s Sunderland 3-1 at their Old Trafford fortress. The home victory against The Black Cats meant that United had now won nineteen Premier League matches on Boxing Day; more than any other team.
Manchester United came into the fixture against relegation candidates Sunderland on the back of a reassuring 2-0 success over West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. United, who controlled proceedings from the very beginning, finally broke the deadlock when Daley Blind powered the ball past away goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and into the bottom right corner of the net with six minutes left of the first half. Manchester United kept on dominating after the break and doubled their lead as Zlatan Ibrahimovic found the target in the 82nd minute. With the game entering the closing stages, second half substitute Henrikh Mkhitaryan hit a third goal for United on 86 minutes before Fabio Borini notched up a consolation for Sunderland in stoppage time. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Substitutes: Marcus Rashford, Marouane Fellaini, Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial, Sergio Romero. Sunderland Team: Jordan Pickford, Jason Denayer, Papy Djilobodji, Billy Jones, Lamine Kone, Patrick van Aanholt, Sebastian Larsson, Didier Ndong, Victor Anichebe, Fabio Borini, Jermain Defoe. Substitutes: Donald Love, John O’Shea, Elliot Embleton, George Honeyman, Joel Asoro, Wahbi Khazri, Vito Mannone.
Manchester United Quickfacts
Manchester United beat Sunderland 5-0 at Old Trafford on the 26th of November 1966 thanks to four goals by Scottish centre forward David Herd and a single from fellow countryman Denis Law.