Manchester United were the victors in a Premier League encounter against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. The Reds eased to victory after Sebastian Larsson was sent off in the 43rd minute.
It appeared that Jose Mourinho did not field his strongest side against Sunderland. The lineup did include the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Antonio Valencia, Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford were left out of the side.
Manchester United bossed the game and Sunderland did not create very many chances. Sunderland’s woes became worse when Seb Larsson was sent off for a challenge on Ander Herrera. The Reds took control in the second half and cruised to victory.
United created several chances in the first half with Jesse Lingard forcing a couple of saves from Jordan Pickford. The scoring opened in the 30th minute after turning a defender and curling an effort into the far corner.
In the second half against 10-men, United doubled their lead with a goal from Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian fired a left-footed strike into the far corner past Pickford to increase United’s advantage. This would be the dagger to Sunderland and the Black Cats had no response.
The game became really open and several counter-attack chances fell to United but they were unable to capitalize until the 89th minute. Paul Pogba did brilliantly to send Rashford forward. The youngster cut back to Ibrahimovic who returned the ball. Rashford took the pass in stride and placed it in the far corner.
Manchester United will look to carry the momentum into their midweek Europa League tie with Anderlecht.