Cape Town - Jose Mourinho praised veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after Manchester United eased to comfortable 3-0 victory over Sunderland on Sunday.
Ibrahimovic opened the scoring with a sublime turn and finish midway through the first-half and set up Marcus Rashford to put the final nail in coffin close to the end.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan was on target early in the second-half to make the score 2-0.
After the game, Mourinho told Sky Sports: "It was open at 0-0. 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."
Meanwhile Zlatan Ibrahimovic says that Jose Mourinho is the right man to return United to the top of the Premier League, but agrees the current squad needs improvement.
The Red Devils are currently seven points adrift of a Champions League spot, albeit with two matches in-hand on fourth-placed Manchester City.