English Premiership

Ibrahimovic feels 'like Benjamin Button'

2017-04-09 17:50
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Getty Images)

Sunderland - Ageless striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he felt like film character Benjamin Button after taking his tally for the season to 28 goals in Manchester United's 3-0 win at Sunderland.

Ibrahimovic, 35, opened the scoring in the 30th minute of Sunday's game at the Stadium of Light, rolling Billy Jones and crashing a shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

"The older you are, the more experienced, the more intelligent and you don't waste energy on things you don't need," Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports.

"I feel like Benjamin Button. I was born old and will die young," he added, citing the 2008 Brad Pitt film about a man who ages in reverse.

Ibrahimovic's goal means he has now scored 250 times since turning 30.

United manager Jose Mourinho said: "You need these players to break it. Every team has a couple of them. Zlatan did that."

Victory saw United close to within four points of Manchester City, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualifying berth and have played a game more than Mourinho's side.

"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'."

The result left Sunderland 10 points adrift of safety at the foot of the table and Mourinho said they had played like a team who were "close to relegation".

Sunderland manager David Moyes lamented referee Craig Pawson's decision to show Seb Larsson a straight red card for leading with a raised foot in a challenge on Ander Herrera just before half-time.

"Today the result was helped by the referee," said Moyes, the former United manager.

"Manchester United were playing well, but the red card was a decision that went against us."

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