EPL: Black Cats, Red Devils battle for survival


The Red Devils are in the quarter-finals of Europe's second-tier competition and Sunday's 3-0 win over Sunderland got them to fifth in the Premier League table, four points below fourth-placed Manchester City, against whom they have a game in hand.

Sunderland's task of getting anything against Manchester United was made tougher when referee Craig Pawson gave Larsson his marching orders two minutes before the break, following a challenge on Ander Herrera. "It was good to protect him but it was also good for him to play one hour with a good solid performance and no mistakes, so I'm really pleased for him".

The Red Devils are now fifth in the table, four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, but Jose Mourinho's side have a game in hand.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has warned Manchester United's top-four rivals that Jose Mourinho's side are still battling to secure a Champions League spot.

"What I don't want to do is in any way blame the referees because our position is where we are, we are bottom of the league".

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675 - Sunderland's run without scoring in the Premier League now stands at 675 minutes, despite trying 79 shots because span. Woe.

"We've relied on Jermain a lot and I hope he has another half dozen before the end of the season, but others have to score as well", Moyes said.

Sunderland face West Ham United in the Stadium of Light on Saturday and Moyes insisted he can not ask for more from his players regardless of the team having won just one match since December. The lads are doing everything they can.

'Sometimes what you do when you play in midfield is you look who you are playing against, and Herrera has got a little bit of previous, and as Larsson goes in he does extend his foot. Sometimes it's more hard but sometimes it gives you the advantage because you have one more.