Eric Bailly thinks his Manchester United teammates should be criticised

Apr 13, 2017, 00:40
Eric Bailly thinks his Manchester United teammates should be criticised

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring with a ferocious strike and, having seen Sunderland's Seb Larsson sent off and Henrikh Mkhitaryan add a second, he provided the assist for Marcus Rashford to wrap up victory.

Manchester United put a spate of recent draws behind them with a routine 3-0 win at bottom club Sunderland, while Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Everton defeated champions Leicester City 4-2 at Goodison.

United maintained the pressure on Manchester City in the top-four race with the Stadium of Light victory, and Mourinho was pleased.

"The game was good and we get 1-0 and they get the red card".

"I'm not anxious, I just play my game, enjoy it, and it seems like the older I get the more intelligent I get". "When you play a team that is sad, if you score first the game is nearly over because it is hard for them to react".

The result moves Jose Mourinho's side up to fifth in the table, 3 points above sixth placed Arsenal, who play Crystal Palace on Monday. "You know when Real Madrid likes a player, they tend to come and get him". But the introduction of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino turned the game on its head as they both scored within two minutes of each other to give Liverpool the win. Hopefully the plane is at the airport and we can go back to Manchester and rest.

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Sunderland are likely to appeal the red card shown to midfielder Seb Larsson, but manager David Moyes was keen not to use the loss of the Sweden worldwide before half-time as an excuse for a fifth defeat in six games which pushed his side closer to relegation to the Championship.

"Obviously we understand the importance of the tie with Anderlecht in the quarter-finals", Mkhitaryan told United's website.

Larsson remonstrated furiously with referee Craig Pawson and the fourth official and Sunderland appeared to still be thinking about the controversial decision when United doubled their lead a minute after the break.

Mourinho's men won with plenty to spare, enjoying 70 percent of possession and playing against 10 men for more than half the game. "It was important for us to win and that was the main objective", said Mourinho. "Zlatan did that and after that the team could play better". With the players we have got, we can be unstoppable.

"What I don't want to do is in any way blame the referees because our position is where we are, we are bottom of the league, so let me make that clear first of all, it's nothing to do with referees".