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Jose Mourinho has hailed Manchester United's "very important" victory over Sunderland, which keeps their hopes of a top-four Premier League finish intact.

Jose Mourinho has praised his Manchester United team for remaining in the hunt for a Premier League top four place.

Liverpool came from behind to secure a 2-1 win against Stoke City on Saturday afternoon thanks to goals from Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino in the second half at the Britannia Stadium.

Mourinho felt the magic provided by Ibrahimovic - who has hit nine goals in his last eight Premier League appearances away from home - helped his side get on course for a good result before Sebastian Larsson's red card made Sunderland's task even tougher.

Sub Marcus Rashford completed the scoring at 3-0 late on to heap more misery on Sunderland, who also saw left-back Bryan Oviedo go off with a hamstring injury.

"Romero will play on Thursday so this is great preparation for the Europa League to have a game beforehand", Mourinho said live on Sky Sports 1.

According to the Metro both Liverpool and Manchester City are interested in the England worldwide, with the left-back position a major concern at both clubs.

"We got the three points, (with a) solid performance against a team that is sad". Every team has a couple of them.

"Of course when you play against a team of 10 and the team is not losing it is sometimes more hard". The worst thing in football is when you are playing for relegation or you feel you can be relegated.

Divisive midfielder Maroaune Fellaini captained Mourinho's side on Wearside in the absence of seven first-team regulars, but strength in depth meant such absentees were not problematic against the league's bottom side.

If you ask me, can he play at the top level of the Premier League again, for one more season?

David Moyes says Seb Larsson's red card changed the course of today's game against Manchester United - but refused to use it as an excuse for another Sunderland defeat.

Sunderland remains bottom, 10 points adrift of safety.

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