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EPL: Red Devils sink 10-man Sunderland

Manchester United eased to a 3-0 victory over 10-man Sunderland to move into fifth place in the Premier League table.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring for United before Sebastian Larsson was dismissed for Sunderland just before the break, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford both added goals in the second half to confirm an easy three points at the Stadium of Light.
After picking up the ball on the edge of the area, Ibrahimovic held off the attention of a defender before firing a venomous shot into the far corner of the net from 20 yards out.
United had further chances to extend their advantage through Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini, but Sunderland almost equalised through Victor Anichebe who held off Eric Bailly inside the penalty area before seeing his close-range flick diverted wide by Romero.
Just before the interval, Sunderland were controversially reduced to 10 men when Larsson was sent off for what was deemed a studs-up challenge on Ander Herrera, but it was the kind of decision which was left open to interpretation, rather than the call being an obvious one for the referee.
Sunderland needed to return for the second half with the first intention of avoiding conceding a second but they only held out for 45 seconds after the restart as United effectively made sure of the three points.
After receiving a pass from Shaw, Mkhitaryan bided his time in the penalty area before driving a low effort into the far corner of the net from 14 yards out.
Pogba curled a free kick marginally wide of the post, but with a minute of normal time remaining, Rashford ended his long run without a goal in the top flight.
After playing a one-two with Ibrahimovic, the young English striker sent a shot into the bottom corner from 12 yards to seal a routine win for his side and condemn Sunderland to another defeat in the Premier League.