Sunderland to appeal Sebastian Larsson red card vs. Man Utd

The 35-year-old Swede has been in fine form in his first year at Old Trafford, scoring his 28th goal in all competitions this season in Sunday's 3-0 away win over Sunderland in the Premier League.

With the league's top four all having won on Saturday, the victory ensured United kept pace in the race for Champions League qualification as it moved above Arsenal into fifth and within four points of fourth-place Manchester City, which has played one more game.

Already trailing to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's fine 30th-minute finish, Sunderland's hopes of mounting a fightback were dealt a fatal blow just before half-time when midfielder Sebastian Larsson was controversially sent off for a challenge on Ander Herrera.

"I don't want to blame referees for my position and us losing", Moyes told BBC Sport.

"We felt the game was in our pocket".

More news: US Rep. Maxine Waters: Bill O'Reilly 'needs to go to jail'

Sunderland have gone 675 minutes without a goal in the top flight, a awful run stretching back seven games to the 4-0 win away to Crystal Palace on February 4.

He said: "It's hard, but that's life, that's football". Otherwise we keep going. "As much as it's difficult for them, it's difficult for us as well, it's difficult for everybody". "We got the three points, (with a) solid performance against a team that is sad".

Sunderland striker Victor Anichebe had a better view of the incident and drew the same conclusion, saying: "At the time, I was right there and I didn't think it was a sending-off. I wanted him to play a little bit more, so then we're 2-0 up after an hour with their crowd asking for everything and putting the referee under pressure, I didn't want to take any risks because we have no players, and we need him to be available for the next match". But these things happen in games.

There were four goals in the opening 23 minutes, with teenager Tom Davies giving Everton the lead after just 30 seconds. Decisions go against you and at the moment, these decisions are going against us. Every team has a couple of them.

  • Tabitha Byrd