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Mkhitaryan scores stunning goal as United beats Sunderland


              Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match be...

              Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic,  celebrates after scoring his side second goal during the English Premier League soccer match b...

              Manchester United's Daley Blind, right, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Sundeland with teammate Zlatan Ibr...

              Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, right, is welcomed on the pitch by club mascot during the English Premier League soccer match b...

Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match be...

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, celebrates after scoring his side second goal during the English Premier League soccer match b...

Manchester United's Daley Blind, right, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Sundeland with teammate Zlatan Ibr...

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, right, is welcomed on the pitch by club mascot during the English Premier League soccer match b...

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored an acrobatic back flick to wrap up Manchester United's 3-1 win over Sunderland in the English Premier League on Saturday, ensuring a miserable return to Old Trafford for former United manager David Moyes.

On as a second-half substitute, Mkhitaryan met Zlatan Ibrahimovic's right-wing cross with a flicked finish with the heel of his right foot that flew into the corner in the 86th minute.

Mkhitaryan was in an offside position but it didn't stop home fans at Old Trafford saluting a player who is growing in importance in his first season at United.

Ibrahimovic also set up the opening goal for Daley Blind in the 39th before scoring his 16th goal of the season in the 82nd after being played through by Paul Pogba.

Sunderland's consolation was scored by Fabio Borini in stoppage time.

It was Moyes' first game at Old Trafford since he was fired by United in April 2014, 10 months into his ill-fated tenure as Alex Ferguson's hand-picked replacement.

United has won its last four league games to power back into contention for the Champions League qualification places.


Updated : 2021-08-01 10:27 GMT+08:00