Ibrahimovic inspiration keeps Man United in top-four race

After 30 minutes of Sunday’s Premier League game against Sunderland, Manchester United appeared in danger of meandering its way to another disappointing result.

Thankfully for manager Jose Mourinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had other ideas.

The Swedish forward demanded the ball be played to him on the edge of the penalty area, and then evaded the attempts of two Sunderland defenders to halt his progress before sending an unstoppable strike into the far bottom corner.

“You need these players sometimes to make it and normally every top team has a couple of them that can make a difference. Zlatan did that with the goal,” Mourinho said.

After Ibrahimovic’s moment of inspiration, the result was never in doubt and a red card for Sebastian Larsson left space for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and substitute Marcus Rashford to seal the points for United.

With the league’s top four all having won on Saturday, the victory ensured United kept pace in the race for Champions League qualification as it moved above Arsenal into fifth and within four points of fourth-place Manchester City, which has played one more game.

Sunderland remains bottom having now failed to score in its last seven games, 10 points adrift of safety.

“We reacted to the results of yesterday,” Mourinho said. “We got the three points, [with a] solid performance against a team that is sad. When you play against a team that is sad, if you score before [them], the game is almost over because it is difficult to react.”

“After Liverpool and Manchester City’s victories, if we didn’t win today it’s almost mathematically impossible [to finish fourth].”

Unlike its rivals, United can still qualify for next season’s Champions League by winning the Europa League. It resumes its campaign with a quarterfinal first leg in Belgium against Anderlecht on Thursday.

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Wayne Rooney has no appetite for China’s millions

Wayne Rooney waives an interim departure to China. The captain of Manchester United late in a statement to remain faithful to his club.

Rooney: I’m staying at United

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has addressed speculation about his future by releasing the following statement.

“Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Manchester United,” declared the Reds’ record goalscorer.

“I hope I will play a full part in helping the team in its fight for success on four fronts.

“It’s an exciting time at the club and I want to remain a part of it.”

Rooney is still until mid-2018 under contract at Old Trafford. The chance that he leaves next summer still remains high.

Jose Mourinho wouldn’t criticise Wayne Rooney for move to China

Jose Mourinho will not stand in Wayne Rooney’s way if the Manchester United captain decides to move to China.

Rooney became United’s record scorer on Saturday when his 250th club goal earned a 1-1 draw at Stoke in the Premier League and saw him surpass Sir Bobby Charlton’s mark.

The 31-year-old came off the bench to help his side rescue a point, meaning half of his 16 league appearances this season have come as a substitute.

Several high-profile players have moved from Europe to play in the Chinese Super League, with Rooney being linked with a switch when his United career comes to an end.

United boss Mourinho feels Rooney remains an important player for the club, but believes his skipper has earned the right to decide where he wants to play in the future.

“I think he still has more to give us, but you reach a certain level in his career when it is up to him,” Mourinho said.

“Could anyone be critical with Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] last summer if he decided to go to China or the U.S.? Could anyone be critical with one guy with such an amazing career? No, and I think with Wayne it is the same. He owns his life, he owns his career. It’s him, his family and his decision.”

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‘Attracting Depay is a dream come true’

‘Attracting Depay is a dream come true’

The joy at Olympique Lyon is big now Memphis Depay his contract signed with the number four of the French league. “It’s a dream come true,” said president Jean-Michel Aulas on international who comes from Manchester United.

“Memphis is exactly the type of player to which we were looking for,” said Aulas against RMC Sport. “Moreover, he has a certain flair. Under Jose Mourinho he did not play much, but it gave us the opportunity to negotiate with United.

“We get a player who wants to show his huge talent. There was a lot of interest in him after his time at PSV, where he had two fantastic seasons. If you see him, you get the impression that he really wants to let see his enormous talent. We hope we will not be disappointed.”

Memphis Depay signs for 4.5 years at Olympique Lyon

Olympique Lyon and Manchester United have agreed on the transfer of Memphis Depay. President Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed tonight that the two clubs have reached an agreement in principle. He responded to earlier reports of the French sports newspaper L’Equipe, which reported that only a few details of the deal should be settled.

Memphis (22) undergoes on Short-term a medical examination at the French club. The striker signed for 4.5 years. With the transition would take between 15 and 20 million euros. ManUnited thereby suffers loss on the 22-year-old international, who the club last summer around 30 million euros had paid. Playboy Memphis could not live up to the high expectations. This season he has hardly played of coach Jose Mourinho.

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