April 20, 2019

Mourinho reveals why he took off luke Shaw in Sunderland showdown

Manchester United put a stunning performance with a 3-0 victory over bottom club Sunderland to move fifth in the Premier League on Sunday (9/04/17).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic provided the inspiration for Jose Mourinho’s side, scoring the opener and setting up a late goal for Marcus Rashford.

According to Reuters, Henrikh Mkhitaryan was also on target while Sunderland had Seb Larsson sent off shortly before halftime.

Six draws in their last nine league games had eroded United’s hopes of a top-four finish and victory over Sunderland was imperative if they were to stay in touch.

What the coaches said:

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho: “We want to fight in the Premier League until it is mathematically impossible. The Premier League we cannot win, but Europa League we can.

“We had lots of players that were not here today and the most important thing after the three points was to have no more injuries.

“I took Shaw off because of the yellow card and the pressure from the crowd. It was good to protect him but was also good for him to play one hour with a good solid performance and no mistakes, so I’m really pleased for him.”

Sunderland boss David Moyes: “I don’t want to blame referees for my position and us losing. Today the result was helped by the referee. Manchester United were playing well but the red card was a decision that went against us.

“[Before United scored] We were hanging in the game and staying in the game and trying to do our best. We gave away a poor goal and I thought we needed to get a lot closer. When we went down to 10 men it made it a lot harder.

“We keep going. We have another home game next Saturday and we have to try and win it. We do some good things but just lack a bit of quality but it’s not for the want of trying. The boys are doing everything they can.

“The hardest thing as a manager is losing and we’re losing a lot. The players care and want to do well and we’re not doing as well as we should be.”

Sunderland have now failed to score in seven successive Premier League games – the joint-second worst run in Premier League history

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