Manchester United earned a 3-1 win over Sunderland after three goals were added to the initial 1-0 score line in the final 10 minutes. Daley Blind’s goal kept United ahead throughout the match, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s strike proved to be the winner before Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Fabio Borini added screamers at the very end of the match.
United looked solid in the first 10 minutes, not giving Sunderland a sniff at all. The Black Cats were forced to look to attack on the counter and try and win set-pieces, and they did win one, for which Daley Blind was booked. Van Aanholt’s effort was palmed well by David De Gea, representing the best chance for either side in the first 25 minutes.
In the 26th minute, though, United’s brilliance shone through in the form of Paul Pogba, who completed a lucky one-two with Jesse Lingard and curled the ball towards goal. Jordan Pickford tipped the ball onto the post, barely. Minutes later, Sunderland had a chance, as Jermain Defoe’s deflected cross allowed Victor Anichebe to strike one-on-one with De Gea, though the Spaniard predictably produced a phenomenal save.
Pogba, United’s brightest player by a distance in the first half, was afforded an opportunity after a 50-yard transitioning run that opened up a passing movement. His shot from range, just over the goal, was a little bit disappointing after the phenomenal build-up play.
Finally, though, Manchester United broke through after a combination from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Marcos Rojo found fullback Daley Blind. Blind slotted home coolly in the 40th minute, once again proving the doubters over his pace to play left-back comfortably wrong.
Pogba had one final chance before half-time, as Ibrahimovic’s ball into the box from over the top allowed Pogba to swing a foot at it and volley, though Pickford did well to keep it out. Concluding the half, Mata won a free kick (by diving), and Pickford had to do well to keep his effort out again.
The second half was very close to starting with a bang, in the 50th minute, as Ander Herrera swung in a cross for Pogba, who just headed over. The Frenchman deserved a goal but it just would not come. Searching for the second goal, United decided to bring Henrikh Mkhitaryan on for the misfiring Lingard, and later, Anthony Martial for Juan Mata.
United still failed to kill the game into the 80th minute, though, and the ghosts of weeks past provoked questions as to whether or not David Moyes’ Sunderland would be able to grab an equalizer. Finally, though in the 82nd minute, Pogba won the ball and broke into space, feeding the ball for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to put into the back of the net and sealing the match for United.
After that, Mkhitaryan scored the best goal I have ever seen in the history of the world. He was offside, but a backward heel flick is worth it and makes up for Mata’s disallowed goal. United gave David Moyes the answer he needed after his horrible comments in the press conferences leading up to the match. He didn’t deserve to be a manager, and Mourinho does.
P.S. Borini scored an absolute worldie afterward, but nobody cares.
Goals: Daley Blind 39′, Zlatan Ibrahimovic 82′, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 86′
Assists: Zlatan Ibrahimovic 39′, 86′, Paul Pogba 82′
Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Blind; Carrick, Herrera (Fellaini 84′); Mata (Martial 74′), Pogba, Lingard (Mkhitaryan 62′); Ibrahimovic
Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Smalling, Darmian; Rashford
Bookings: Daley Blind 19′