José Mourinho has praised Zlatan Ibrahimovic for inspiring Manchester United in their win over Sunderland.
Ibrahimovic opened the scoring, with his 28th goal in all competitions and assisted Rashford’s goal in the 3-0 win.
The match against Sunderland is the Swede’s first match back since his ban and Mourinho felt he provided the magic needed for the win.
“It was open at 0-0,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “We were in control without danger.
“We were playing quite compact and solid. You need these players to break it. Every team has a couple of them. Zlatan did that.
“We felt the game was in our pocket. In this beautiful weather the game was played at a more slow intensity.”
“The result was good,” Mourinho said. “We resisted the results of yesterday when Manchester City and Liverpool won, they left us in a position of ‘yes’ or ‘no’. It was ‘yes’.
“We got three points and it was a solid display. It was against a team that is sad, it’s normal. Against a team that is sad, if you score before then it’s difficult for them to react.
“You could feel the negative feeling around the team. That is felt with a team close to relegation.”