Phil Neville: 'Zlatan Ibrahimovic has carried Manchester United'

  • Phil Neville: 'Zlatan Ibrahimovic has carried Manchester United'

Phil Neville: 'Zlatan Ibrahimovic has carried Manchester United'

The result moves United to within four points of the Champions League places, with a game in hand on fourth-place Manchester City, and Ibrahimovic is refusing to give up hope of bridging that gap.

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring their first goal against Sunderland in the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, April 9, 2017. We will do everything to get to the top four.

"But thanks to my teammates they could help me score the second one and then at the end we scored a third one and the game was already over".

"It was open at 0-0", Mourinho told Sky Sports. "We fear that situation but the performance was quite solid".

United, who are fifth in the Premier League, host Chelsea on Sunday and last won a league game against the leaders in 2012. "For him to get 90 minutes today was good after being out for such a long time".

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Ibrahimovic has now scored an incredible 250 goals since turning 30.

"We felt the game was in our pocket".

Manchester United will take on Anderlecht in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie on Thursday night. "It was important for us to win and that was the main objective", said Mourinho.

"We have lots of injuries, I don't think it's even possible for us to rotate a lot", he added.

When English full-back Luke Shaw was bought for £27 million by Manchester United from Southampton in 2014 there was much expectation about his potential - almost three years on and the 21-year-old is fighting to save his Old Trafford career.

Everton drew level with sixth-place Arsenal, having played three more games, after thwarting Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare's quest for a sixth successive league win and seventh in total.

"But the Europa League becomes fundamental for us, it's the only competition we can win now".

The young England player has found himself the subject of sustained criticism from United's manager but Mourinho made a point of praising Shaw's performance and pointed out his withdrawal in the second half was precautionary due to an earlier yellow card.