Ibrahimovic's late goal earns United 1-1 draw vs Liverpool, City lose 4-0 at Everton

Paul Pogba had looked like being the villain of the piece for United, but Ibrahimovic's header – his 10th goal in 10 top-flight games – prevented a damaging defeat.

James Milner's 27th-minute penalty and sixth league goal of the season – awarded after a handball from Pogba – had looked like it would prove to be the winner at Old Trafford.

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.

Mata, Fellaini put Man United on course for League Cup final

Mata put United on course for a ninth straight win in all competitions by tapping home from close range in the 56th minute, before substitute Fellaini headed in a second in the 87th.

The second leg is on Jan. 26. Liverpool plays Southampton in the other semifinal, with the first leg on Wednesday.

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.

Mourinho: We're champs of bad calls

United won 2-0 at London Stadium through goals from Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to extend their run to six Premier League victories in a row and close to within a point of the top four.

The game turned on referee Mike Dean's decision to send off Sofiane Feghouli after only 15 minutes, with the Algeria winger earning a straight red card after he arrived later than Phil Jones in a bruising 50-50 challenge.

Mourinho reluctant to disrupt resurgent United

United have enjoyed something of an upturn in fortunes after an inconsistent spell during Mourinho's first campaign at the helm, defeating Premier League rivals Tottenham 1-0 at home on Sunday to remain unbeaten in all competitions since losing 2-1 at Fenerbahce on November 3.

They face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday, followed by winnable clashes with West Brom, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and West Ham in quick succession.

Speaking to United's website, the Portuguese was asked if he intends to shake things up in the coming weeks.

Man United give up late penalty, draw 1-1 at Everton

Substitute Marouane Fellaini had only been on the field for a few minutes when he brought down Idrissa Gueye, and Baines found the corner with the resulting spot kick.

That canceled out an exquisite lobbed finish from Zlatan Ibrahimovic that gave United a fortunate lead in the 42nd minute.

United has made its worst start to a Premier League campaign and is already 13 points behind first-placed Chelsea after 14 games.

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.

Cech: Manchester United must win to keep title chances alive

United's underwhelming start to the season has seen them fall six points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, with leaders Liverpool eight points clear, and Cech is desperate to further extend his side's lead over their title rivals.

"It is another six-point game. We drew the match against Spurs and there is a little gap between us and Liverpool, so you want to make sure that you stay very close and that every time they drop points, you are ready to take advantage," Cech told Arsenal Player.