Man Utd cruise to victory at Sunderland

  • Manchester United move fifth with 3-0 win at Sunderland
  • Ibrahimovic's 17th league goal of the season put United ahead
  • Seb Larsson was sent off for a fierce tackle on Ander Herrera
  • Mkhitaryan doubled the lead immediately after halftime
  • Rashford struck a late third
  • Sunderland host West Ham next, United at home to Chelsea

LONDON: Manchester United put a spate of recent draws behind them with a routine 3-0 win at bottom club Sunderland to move fifth in the Premier League on Sunday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 28th goal of the season in all competitions put United ahead and Sunderland's cause became all but impossible after Seb Larsson was sent off close to halftime.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubled United's lead 46 seconds after the interval and the game petered out with Sunderland offering little in response as they failed to score for the seventh Premier League game in succession.

Marcus Rashford struck a third in the 89th minute - his first in the league since September - after being set expertly up by the classy Ibrahimovic.

United have 57 points from 30 games, four behind fourth-placed Manchester City having played a game less.

Sunderland remain 10 points adrift of safety.