Jose Mourinho happy with Manchester United's win over Sunderland
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 28th goal of the season in all competitions put United ahead and Sunderland's cause became all but impossible after Seb Larsson was sent off close to half time.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubled United's lead 46 seconds after the interval before Marcus Rashford struck a third in the 89th minute.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored Manchester United's opener against Sunderland
Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubled Manchester United's lead
And Mourinho was thrilled to clinch all three points.
"The result was good,” the Red Devils boss 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'.
Marcus Rashford finished the scoring at the Stadium of Light
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"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."