Zlatan Ibrahimović was the stand out performer for Manchester United as they beat Sunderland 3-1 at Old Trafford on Boxing Day which saw David Moyes return to his former club.
The 35 year old Swedish superstar scored one goal and assisted two as the Red Devils sealed their fourth consecutive Premier League victory. United have looked to finally have turned a cornerstone after a long string of draws.
Manchester United started the game reasonably well but Sunderland forced David De Gea to save twice in the first half before the unlikeliest of players gave United the lead as Daley Blind drilled a perfectly set up ball back from Ibrahimović.
The goal did a lot to calm the nerves of the home side who had already had two penalty appeals turned down and Paul Pogba came close to scoring on two occasions.
Pogba almost doubled the lead shortly after half time after his header went over. United were on the attack from the get go as Ibrahimović fired over after being played in by Juan Mata but the second goal was just not forthcoming which led to the introduction of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Mkhitaryan made a visible impact on the game as he brought more pace into the attack. The buildup of pressure from United eventually saw a defensive error saw Pogba pick up the ball at the halfway line to create a two on one with Zlatan Ibrahimović, who was played in and put United 2-0 with an easy finish.
The moment of the game however came when Mkhitaryan produced a wonder goal by scorpion kicking Ibrahimović’s cross for United’s final goal. Though replays showed that the Armenian was in an offside position.
Sunderland would eventually have the last say after Fabio Borini’s brilliant effort dipped into De Gea’s far corner. But the damage was already done and José Mourinho’s men walked off the field with all three points.