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Momentum with Man United as Liverpool heads to Old Trafford

Some perspective is needed, however, when assessing United's nine straight victories in all competitions since Dec. 8.

Only one of their opponents in that one-month period could be classed as a major rival: Tottenham. And that 1-0 win came on Dec. 11, when Spurs weren't showing the kind of form they are at present.

Otherwise, United have proved to be ruthless in sweeping aside teams who most likely won't finish higher than mid-table in the Premier League or were plucky underdogs in cup competitions, like Reading in the FA Cup or Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League.

Mourinho: Ibrahimovic will be ready to face Liverpool

Ibrahimovic sat out Tuesday's first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final against Hull City at Old Trafford, where second-half goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini secured a 2-0 win for United.

Veteran striker Ibrahimovic, who has 18 goals in 28 games across all competitions this season, was laid low through illness, although Mourinho does not foresee this being an issue when he attempts to take a chunk out of the five-point gap between Jurgen Klopp's second-place side and his own men in sixth on Sunday.

Manchester United 4 Reading 0: Rooney equals record to send holders through

The club captain struck his 249th goal after only seven minutes at Old Trafford before he set up Anthony Martial to score the second, with Marcus Rashford netting a second-half double in a routine victory at Old Trafford.

Rooney's last goal came against Feyenoord in the Europa League in November but he marked his return from a hamstring injury with a fortuitous finish to set a slick United on their way to victory.

Rooney equals record by scoring his 249th Man United goal

Rooney, the record scorer for England's national team, struck in the seventh minute at Old Trafford to equal the mark set by Bobby Charlton.

The 31-year-old Rooney, who joined United in 2004 as an 18-year-old prodigy from Everton, turned in Juan Mata's cross, having missed a great chance to score inside the first two minutes.

Rooney then turned provider as United, the defending cup champion, scored a second goal to lead 2-0 at halftime. Rooney set up Anthony Martial to fire past Reading goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.

Martial, Pogba score late as Man United beat Middlesbrough

Anthony Martial struck in the 85th minute at Old Trafford, quickly followed by Paul Pogba in the 86th, after Middlesbrough had taken the lead halfway through the second half through Grant Leadbitter.

United has now won five league games in a row.

It stays sixth with 36 points from 19 rounds, still 13 points behind leaders Chelsea at the halfway point of the season, but maintains its challenge for the Champions League spots.

Mkhitaryan masterpiece keeps Man United rolling in EPL

What came next brought Old Trafford to its feet — and underlined Mkhitaryan as perhaps the next cult figure at the English giant.

With an acrobatic flick of his right heel, the Armenian somehow managed to turn a ball that was behind him into the far corner from eight meters out, before plunging to the ground. Paul Pogba was the first United player to celebrate with Mkhitaryan and walked away shaking his head in disbelief.

Mkhitaryan scores, gets hurt as Man United beat Spurs 1-0

In the biggest win for United manager Jose Mourinho since his arrival at Old Trafford, Mkhitaryan raced onto Ander Herrera's through-ball and drove home a rising shot in the 29th minute.

The Armenia international's match ended prematurely when he was carried off on a stretcher in the 85th with an apparent left ankle injury following a foul by Danny Rose, but United managed to close out the game — something the team has struggled to do this season.

Manchester United 4 West Ham 1: Mourinho ban no problem for dominant hosts

The Portuguese was absent from the dugout following his dismissal in Sunday's 1-1 draw against the same opponents, having kicked a drinks bottle in frustration when Paul Pogba was booked for diving.

United were behind inside two minutes in that game, but the roles were reversed this time as Zlatan Ibrahimovic swiftly put the hosts ahead.

It was a lead they should have built on, with Ibrahimovic again coming close before Wayne Rooney tested Adrian with a curling free-kick.

Giroud snatches point for Arsenal in 1-1 draw at Man United

In a rare attack by the visitors, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reached the byline and crossed for his fellow substitute to head home at the far post with Arsenal's first effort on target all match.

Juan Mata's 68th-minute goal put United ahead, the Spain playmaker meeting a right-wing cut-back by Ander Herrera with a low, first-time shot into the corner.

Mourinho demands respect as he resumes rivalry with Wenger

The biggest subplot to the high-profile Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal on Saturday at Old Trafford is the renewal of the often-spiky coaching relationship between Mourinho and Wenger.

The managers have clashed repeatedly over the years, either on the touchline — Wenger once shoved Mourinho in the chest following an argument in the technical area — or via verbal barbs in news conferences.