Mourinho explains why De Gea didn't play against Sunderland

10 April, 2017, 02:34 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • GETTYCan Manchester United triumph at Sunderland today

Jose Mourinho's men saw both Liverpool and Manchester City win yesterday to open up a gap on the Red Devils, with the Manchester side now seven points behind their neighbours albeit with two games in hand.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan netted United's second from the restart without Sunderland even touching the ball, and Marcus Rashford wrapped things up late on in a match in which United never had to get out of second gear.

Mourinho brought in Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba and Mkhitaryan for David de Gea, Ashley Young, Daley Blind, Michael Carrick and Rashford.

The Belgian worldwide hasn't been one of the more popular figures at the club this season, but Mourinho continues to show faith in him and has given him this major responsibility.

"We had stood off Manchester United too much and didn't get close to them but we began to grow into the game and we had moments when we looked a bit better". We want to fight against (fifth place) Manchester United and (sixth place) Arsenal.

Therefore at the half-time whistle, Moyes was left with a big job to do to rally his players to try and get back into the match in the second half while Mourinho would have been hoping his side could go on and kill the game off.

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Only days earlier, Mourinho said Rashford was suffering from a major lack of confidence caused by his lack of goals.

Manchester United's evergreen striker believes he is football's answer to the fictional character who reverses the ageing process.

The Portuguese's attention will now turn to the Europa League and United's quarter-final first-leg tie away at Anderlecht on Thursday night. In the day's other game, league top scorer Romelu Lukaku took his tally to 23 goals with a brace as Everton ended Leicester City's six-game winning run with an entertaining 4-2 victory.

Ibrahimovic, 35, has now scored 250 goals since he turned 30, playing for teams including AC Milan, Paris Saint Germain and United.

But Ibrahimovic added: "It was an important three points, especially after games when we haven't got what we wanted".

Larsson, who was furious with referee Craig Pawson's decision, now faces a suspension for his first Premier League dismissal in what was his 278th appearance in the competition. "He played a really good hour for us".

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