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Manchester United vs Sunderland Live Score and Commentary

Manchester United
FT
3 - 1
Sunderland
D. Blind 39'
Z. Ibrahimović 82'
H. Mkhitaryan 86'
90'+1' F. Borini
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Peep! Peep! Full time!Manchester United 3 - 1 SunderlandThat was magnificent from United. Zlatan was imperious - how he does this game in and game out is a wonder that only he can answer - Pogba majestic and that duo of Herrera and Carrick assured as ever. Mkhitaryan meanwhile is that X-factor that will take United places this season. That Borini goal, and the spirit shown by his side, will give Moyes hope that there is yet light at the end of the proverbial tunnel It was a pleasure covering the game with you guys, thank you for reading. Anirudh Menon signing outToodle-ooo

Peep! Peep! Full time!

Manchester United 3 - 1 Sunderland

That was magnificent from United. Zlatan was imperious - how he does this game in and game out is a wonder that only he can answer - Pogba majestic and that duo of Herrera and Carrick assured as ever. 

Mkhitaryan meanwhile is that X-factor that will take United places this season. 

That Borini goal, and the spirit shown by his side, will give Moyes hope that there is yet light at the end of the proverbial tunnel 

It was a pleasure covering the game with you guys, thank you for reading. 

Anirudh Menon signing out

Toodle-ooo

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94' Zlatan hammers the free kick straight into the steel abs of Jordan Pickford. 

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93' Foul!! Yellow for Kone as he trips up Mkhitaryan as the Armenian was running straight at goal!! Lovely little flick from Zlatan released his teammate there. 

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92' Martial runs down the left, but lifts it straight at Pickford. Shame. 

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91' Sunderland almost break again, but Rojo is there to handle the situation. The Argentine's recovery pace has made him an ideal foil for Phil Jones hasn't it 

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OH MY WORD. WHAT A TREMENDOUS GOAL! The Italian chests down a clearance, and hammers it into the far top corner with a lovely volley . PHEW. 

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90' GOOOOOOOOAL!! BORINI!!

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89' Pogba almoooost plays in Zlatan with a dinked through ball, but Kone defends it well. Old Trafford is a wonderful place to be right now if you are a United fan. 

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88' Valencia bears down on the right and wins a corner. Pogba wins the header, but it's well over. 

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87' Donald Love comes on for Ndong - but this match is well and truly over... What a goal from the Armenian. He is quite the player. 

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Zlatan curled it in and Mkhitaryan scorpion kicked it in - Zlatan style. AWESOME GOAL

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86' GOAAAAAAAAAAL! MKHITARYAN!!!

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84' Khazri - who had come on moments before the goal - gets the better off fellow substitute Fellaini, but United win the ball back and....,

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83' Mkhitaryan slips in Valencia, but the Ecuadorian is caught offside. Mourinho is so confident now that Fellaini is being brought on for the outstanding Ander Herrera.

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Oh Wow. Ndong gives the ball away horribly cheaply and Pogba and Zlatan break 2 v 1 on Kone. The Frenchman releases Zlatan and the man runs into the box, and waits until the last possible minute before passing it into the far corner. Exquisite finish from Zlatan - Game over now?

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81' GOOOOOOOOOOOALL!!! ZLATAN!!

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80' Larsson swings in another freekick, but once again the United backline hold strong. They do have some height about them don't they?

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79' Valencia ghosts past Larsson like the Swede doesn't exist, before drilling one into the box in trademark style. Zlatan tries one of his patented flicks but it just doesn't connect. 

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78' Pogba tries to be too cute with a backheel, and Van Aanholt intercepts... Sunderland are working the ball decently now...but just as I type that Van Aanholt gives it away to Jones. Sigh. 

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77' The free kick created a moment of bother, but Pogba did well to clear... Defoe is caught offside as Djilobadji tries to play him in. 

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76' Marcos Rojo does what Mourinho expects his defenders to do and unceremoniously hacks away a dangerous through ball. Valencia meanwhile gives away a foul on Van Aanholt and Larsson prepares to whip it in. 

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75' Pogba plays in Martial with a superb outside-of-the-boot through ball, but the striker is just off! Very close call, but on balance, the right one from the ref

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73' Larsson drills it in low, but Valencia hacks it clear. The ball is cleared by 'Manuel' Pickford who sweeps forward and gathers the ball before Mkhitaryan can get to it. Kone almost makes something of the clearance, but he tries to take on one too many a United defender in his run. Substitution for United as Martial comes on for Mata. That counter attack has just gained a truckload of pace. 

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72' Anichebe dominates Blind yet again, and wins the away side a corner. 

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71' UFF! Sunderland create a measure of confusion in the box with Jones swinging one into the far post - Anichebe bosses Jones to win the header, but the knock on slips away from Defoe! They still have a goal in them, mark my words - and United need a second goal to kill the game. 

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70' Zlatan clears the ball with a thunderous header and Mkhitaryan almost breaks through the middle - Ndong did well to stop that mazy run. 

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69' Defoe takes on three centre halves in Blind, Jones and Rojo, but the latter finally gets the better off him, and the ball rolls harmlessly into the hands of De Gea. Sunderland come back though, and now have a corner of their own. 

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68' Pogba and Mkhitaryan almost exchange a thirty-yard one-two, but the Armenian's return is just off. HE IS EVERYWHERE THAT MAN!

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67' Pogba with an audacious no-look pass almost plays in Tony Valencia, but Van Aanholt holds his ground!

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65' Mkhitaryan has added plenty of zest to an already good United side. The Armenian twists hither and thither in the box before playing it to Herrera, whose shot is blocked well. The Ball is still at the feet of United though as they tighten the noose ever so patiently. 

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64' The ball is pinged in brilliantly by Larsson, but Jones does superbly to head it away. United break at pace, and Zlatan has a pop from a Mkhitaryan pass!! It's saved so well by Pickford - wonderful football all around except from Djolobodji who have the ball away.  

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63' Zlatan, Pogba and Mata combine to let Henrikh Mkhitaryan have a pop at goal but it's smothered by Denayer! Just off that pass from Pogba! Corner meanwhile for Sunderland as they broke quickly. 

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62' Mkhitaryan gets into the act almost immediately by bending a ball mere inches away from the far post! UFF! Carrick and Mata had combined earlier to work the ball from nowhere to that shooting position

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61' Borini gets a yellow for a hack at Ander Herrera - cheap foul. Manchester United are frustrating the life out of these Sunderland players. Substitution for United as Henrikh Mkhitaryan jogs on for the excellent-today Jesse Lingard. 

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59' OH KONE! The flustered centre-half ends up passing the ball straight to Lingard, and the Englishman plays in Zlatan. An excellent tackle from Djilobodji puts an end to that particular attack - but Kone needs to have his head screwed on straight for this final half hour

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58' Lingard and Kone get into a spot of handbags - nothing serious, but the ref deems it wise to have a word with the Sunderland powerhouse and calm things down. Moyes will want to see more of this fire from his players - as Denayer gets into a little tussle with Lingard. 

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55' Marcos 'Der Kaiser' Rojo tries a long ball to Zlatan, but Kone is there to chest it away. The ball comes racing back at the United box via thee feet of Van Aanholt. He plays it to Anichebe, but his shot is well blocked by Herrera. The ball is still with Sunderland, but Carrick does exceptionally well to intercept a Fabio Borini pass. 

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54' United are on first name basis with the ball here, Zlatan tries to nutmeg Van Aanholt down the right, but the left-back does well to hold his ground and win a goal kick off the Swede. 

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53' Pogba is marauding around the midfield - and is upended by no less than three frustrated Sunderland players - the kid is such a beast! And he's only 23. Phew!

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51' The ball is all United's now. Sunderland look on like a despondent lover... Mata slipped in Zlatan after a wonderful nutmeg on Ndong, and the Swede HAMMERS it at goal. Flies handsomely high, though.   

90'+3'
L. Koné
90'+1'
F. Borini
86'
D. Love
D. Ndong
H. Mkhitaryan
assist: Z. Ibrahimović
86'
M. Fellaini
Ander Herrera
84'
83'
W. Khazri
S. Larsson
Z. Ibrahimović
assist: P. Pogba
82'
A. Martial
Mata
74'
H. Mkhitaryan
J. Lingard
62'
61'
F. Borini
D. Blind
assist: Z. Ibrahimović
39'
D. Blind
19'
Match time Mon, 26 Dec 2016, 08:30 PM
Sunderland (4-3-3)
David Moyes (Manager)
1
David de Gea
17
D. Blind
5
M. Rojo
4
P. Jones
25
A. Valencia
6
P. Pogba
16
M. Carrick
21
Ander Herrera
14
J. Lingard
9
Z. Ibrahimović
8
Mata
13
J. Pickford
3
P. van Aanholt
5
P. Djilobodji
23
L. Koné
2
B. Jones
17
D. Ndong
4
J. Denayer
7
S. Larsson
9
F. Borini
18
J. Defoe
28
V. Anichebe
Sunderland (4-3-3)
David Moyes (Manager)
Manchester United Subs
36
M. Darmian
27
M. Fellaini
11
A. Martial
22
H. Mkhitaryan
19
M. Rashford
20
S. Romero
12
C. Smalling
Sunderland Subs
29
J. Asoro
40
E. Embleton
39
G. Honeyman
10
W. Khazri
22
D. Love
1
V. Mannone
16
J. O'Shea
63% POSSESSION 37%
26 SHOTS 9
9 SHOTS ON GOAL 4
6 FOULS 9
6 CORNERS 5
4 OFFSIDES 2
1 YELLOW CARDS 2
0 RED CARDS 0
3 SAVES 6
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group
1 Manchester City 8 7 1 0 25 22
2 Manchester United 8 6 2 0 19 20
3 Tottenham Hotspur 8 5 2 1 10 17
4 Watford 8 4 3 1 0 15
5 Chelsea 8 4 1 3 5 13
6 Arsenal 8 4 1 3 2 13
7 Burnley 8 3 4 1 2 13
8 Liverpool 8 3 4 1 1 13
9 Newcastle 8 3 2 3 1 11
10 West Bromwich Albion 8 2 4 2 -2 10
11 Southampton 8 2 3 3 -2 9
12 Huddersfield Town 8 2 3 3 -4 9
13 Swansea City 8 2 2 4 -3 8
14 Brighton & Hove Albion 8 2 2 4 -4 8
15 West Ham United 8 2 2 4 -6 8
16 Everton 8 2 2 4 -8 8
17 Stoke City 8 2 2 4 -9 8
18 Leicester City 8 1 3 4 -3 6
19 AFC Bournemouth 8 1 1 6 -8 4
20 Crystal Palace 8 1 0 7 -16 3
Updated: Dec 26, 2016 22:24 PM | Published: Dec 26, 2016 11:48 AM