The scoreline perhaps doesn’t tell the true story of how close this game was up until Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan combined inside the final ten minutes of the game to confirm a vital three points against Sunderland, all despite a late Fabio Borini strike.
But the tight first 80 minutes of the clash will matter little to United now, who recorded their fifth win in a row putting them within three points of Manchester City in fourth place ahead of their clash with Hull City.
The real star of the show today, however, was the aforementioned Mkhitaryan whose strike simply needs to be seen to be believed.
As is to be expected, the reaction to the other-worldly goal has been enormous.
— Farveez Maharoof (@farveezmaharoof) December 26, 2016
I don’t care if it was offside. That goal from Mkhitaryan was the best of the season so far #MUNSUN
— Liam Nield (@LiamMNield) December 26, 2016
4 wins in a row. Happy with our recent form for sure. And damn, that goal from Mkhitaryan may have been offside but it was amazing! #MUNSUN
— HerreraFanGirl (@LiveTVIsAwesome) December 26, 2016
Good lord. Just saw that scorpion kick from Mkhitaryan. Incredible!
— Matt Faler (@MattFalerMMA) December 26, 2016
Finally, United’s official Twitter account may have undersold the goal just a small bit.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 26, 2016
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena