Sunderland vs Manchester United: Seb Larsson red card caps Black Cats' misery as Marcus Rashford ends goal drought

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Follow the latest from the Premier League fixture at the Stadium of Light

Manchester United comfortably beat Sunderland 3-0 at the Stadium of Light in Sunday's opening Premier League encounter as the home side were reduced to 10-men just before the break with Sebastian Larsson shown a straight red card. Re-live the action here.

  • Sunderland 0-3 Manchester United
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic opens the scoring for United
  • Larsson sent-off for foul on Ander Herrera just before the break
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubles the lead for United
  • Substitute Marcus Rashford seals victory with his first goal in 22 matches

Follow all the live action below...

Live Updates

Hello and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Manchester United's trip to the Stadium of Light to face former manager David Moyes's struggling Sunderland side.
 
United are looking to end a run of disappointing draws and continue their stuttering assault on the top four.
 
Sunderland, meanwhile are staring down the barrel of relegation and defeat today could all but end their stay in the Premier League.

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Jose Mourinho: I would rather Manchester United were unbeaten than had more points

Jose Mourinho has claimed he'd rather Manchester United were unbeaten than had more points. United head into the game with Sunderland off the back of a 20 match unbeaten run having not lost in the Premier League since the reverse at Chelsea back in October. 
Sunderland sit uncomfortably on the bottom of the league pile, even after their February bonding trip to New York. The side went on a short holiday in a desperate attempt to save their season and rekindle their sides passion, but they have failed to score a single goal since they returned. Moyes will attempt to redeem some homage with a win today against his former side, but the odds certainly are not stacking in their favour. The home side have only beaten United three times in 31 league meetings, but will the prospect of relegation inject some life into The Black Cats? We'll see.
Manchester United have not been victorious in their last three trips to the Stadium of Light, so could today be the day for Moyes to regain some order within a somewhat broken side? The Black Cats squad is in need of a major overhaul, but the gaffer believes that this is possible if he has the finances. A win today could spark a triumphant end to the league campaign...I mean, there's nothing up with being optimistic, right? 
 
Team news will be announced shortly. 

Team news: 

John O'Shea will be missing the fixture today following the loss of his father. The former United defender also missed the defeat to Leicester. 
 
For the visitors, Ashley Young is out after picking up an injury against Everton and Wayne Rooney is out with an ankle problem. 
 
Mourinho has tactically tweaked his side yet again, in a bid to find the solution to his issues at Old Trafford. 
Lee Cattermole will wear the skippers armband today in O'Shea's absence. The 29-year-old will be leading by example in his first game on home turf since September. No pressure...
There is always hope with Ibrahimovic
 
Despite five changes to the side today, United will be hopeful and content knowing that Ibrahimovic is in the starting side. During the 1-1 draw against Everton on Tuesday, the United main man scored a penalty in the dying minutes of the game to snatch the draw. With 27 goals and 8 assists, the 35-year-old has proved pivotal to The Red's success. During his suspension, United look lost and lacklustre going forward without their talisman up-front. 
Sergio Romero will be in goal today for United following the absence of De Gea. 
Mourinho still isn't Shaw 
 
Speculation still surrounds Luke Shaw's future at the club, following controversy between him and Mourinho. To the surprise of the United fans, Shaw was introduced as a substitute in Tuesday's game against Everton. He was bursting forward, tackling well and working relentlessly. The boss must have been impressed by his performance, as the 21-year-old has been awarded a position in the starting 11. The pressure is on. 
Kick off at 13:30.
 
Stay tuned for minute-by-minute coverage of all of the action. I can not wait for this one.
KICK OFF
 
Sunderland kick off to get the action under way. Game on!
2 MINS
 
Oviedo gives away an early foul after crashing into the back of Lingard. Free kick to United.
4 MINS
 
Pogba tries to put Lingard through on goal, but his through ball is over hit and Pickford comes out to collect possession. That was the right idea, but the wrong execution. 
6 MINS
 
Shaw sends a corner into the box, which drops to Lingard on the edge of the area. The 24-year-old goes for goal, but his shot is blocked.
8 MINS
 
The image of Ibrahimovic standing over a free kick on the edge of your area is a daunting prospect for any goalkeeper, but this set piece from the Swedish forward fails to beat the wall. 
 
10 MINS
 
Fellani spreads the ball wide to Darmian, who attempts to deliver the ball into the box. The cross is blocked by Denayer.
13 MINS
 
Mourinho's men have had 74% of possession so far, as they continue to assert their dominance over The Black Cats. 

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When is it?

Kick-off is at 1.30pm on Sunday 9 April, at the Stadium of Light.

Where can I watch it?

The game will be shown on Sky Sports 1 with coverage starting from 12.30pm. Or you can follow all the action on The Independent’s live blog above.

It’s a big game for…

Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The big Swede missed three games through suspension but was back to save United with a late goal against Everton to salvage a draw and his side’s unbeaten run. He looks like the only player capable of scoring and therefore so much relies on how he plays on Sunday.

Remember when…

Adnan Januzaj burst onto the scene with two goals at the Stadium of Light when Moyes gave him his United debut.

Last three meetings…

Manchester United 3 Sunderland 1, Premier League, December 2016

Sunderland 2 Manchester United 1, Premier League, February 2016

Manchester United 3 Sunderland 0, Premier League, September 2015

Form guide…

Sunderland: LLLDLL

Manchester United: DLWWDD

Odds…

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Sunderland: 15/2

Manchester United: 7/17

Draw: 37/10

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