Sunderland 0 Man United 3
Sunderland 0 Manchester United 3, The Stadium of Light, English Premier League, April 9, 2017. Jose Mourinho´s Manchester United hammered bottom-of-the-table Sunderland 3-0 away. Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the visiting team into the lead on the half-hour mark before Henrikh Mkhitaryan made it 2-0 after 46 minutes of play, while Marcus Rashford scored the final goal of the contest with just a minute remaining on the the referee´s clock.
Manchester United had been held to a disappointing 1-1 draw against historical rivals Everton at Old Trafford in their last Premiership fixture, while Sunderland had been comfortably defeated 2-0 by reigning Premier League Champions Leciester City at King Power Stadium. In the the corresponding Premier League fixture of the 2015-16 campaign, Louis van Gaal´s Manchester United side had suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat against The Mackems, then managed by Sam Allardyce, at Stadium of Light on the 13th of February 2016. In the reverse Premiership meeting of the 2016-17 season, however, Jose Mourinho´s newly composed United team had defeated Sunderland by a 3-1 margin at their Old Trafford home, with Daley Blind opening the scoring account for the red shirts six minutes before the intermission, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan adding a goal apiece for the rampant hosts in the 82nd and 86th minute of the encounter respectively, whereas Fabio Borini recorded a late consolation for the visiting outfit in the first minute of stoppage time.
On this occasion, Manchester United dominated the possession of the ball from the beginning and The Red Devils went into a fully deserved 1-0 lead against relegation candidates Sunderland thanks to Swedish wizard Zlatan Ibrahimovic who found the net with a well placed shot from twenty yards out in the 30th minute of the contest. Former Everton and West Bromwich Albion striker Victor Anichebe had the chance to equalise for The Black Cats in the 40th minute of proceedings, but his effort was magnificently blocked by Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero, and a few moments later Sweden international Seb Larsson was given his marching orders by referee Craig Pawson for a foul on Manchester United midfield playmaker Ander Herrera. After the half-time refreshments, Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan added a second goal for the guests with a low left-foot shot which flew past Sunderland and England U21 goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and into the far bottom corner of the net in the 46th minute of the clash. David Moyes´s players came close to scoring on several occasions as the second period wore on, but Romero managed to keep a clean sheet. And with one minute remaining of the game, Three Lions international Marcus Rashford finished a counter-attack with an acccurate effort into the bottom left corner to complete a comprehensive 3-0 away success against the struggling Tyne and Wear club. Sunderland Team: Jordan Pickford, Jason Denayer, Billy Jones, Lamine Kone, Seb Larsson, Bryan Oviedo, Jack Rodwell, Lee Cattermole, Didier Ndong, Victor Anichebe, Jermain Defoe. Substitutes: Vito Mannone, Papy Djilobodji, Javi Manquillo, Darron Gibson, Steven Pienaar, Fabio Borini, Wahbi Khazri. Manchester United Team: Sergio Romero, Eric Bailly, Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Substitutes: Joel Pereira, Axel Tuanzebe, Daley Blind, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Michael Carrick, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford.