Match Report: United 3-2 Stoke

As the scoreline suggests, Manchester United were pushed hard right until the final whistle by a tricky Stoke City side. Our visitors took the lead twice before half-time, but in typical Manchester United fashion David Moyes’ men got the win late on earning a much needed three points.

Young starlet Adnan Januzaj was left on the bench for this one, but he still made a huge impact when brought on as a second half substitute.

Starting XIs

Manchester United: De Gea; Smalling, Jones, Evans, Evra; Carrick, Cleverley; Nani, Rooney, Kagawa; Van Persie

Stoke City: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters; Palacios, N’Zonzi, Walters, Ireland, Arnautovic; Crouch

Both teams started at a fast pace. United looked to get on the attack straight away with a couple of efforts on goal, but it was the visitors who drew first blood. Some good work from Pieters on the left-hand side resulted in a cross to Peter Crouch who found the net at the second attempt.

United came straight back on the attack and carved out a few half chances, but Stoke did well to limit the home team to long range efforts. Our visitors were unlucky not to be 2-0 up shortly after as Peter Crouch fired over from close range just after the ten minute mark. The next clear cut opportunity also fell to Mark Hughes’ men, as Jon Walters’ effort was superbly stopped by David de Gea in the Manchester United goal.

The home side were finally level with 43 minutes on the clock. Robin van Persie capitalised on a rebound from a Wayne Rooney header to draw United level. It wasn’t long before Stoke were back in front though, Phil Jones conceded a sloppy foul just on the edge of the area and Arnautovic certainly capitalised. He placed his free-kick right into the top corner leaving David de Gea helpless, and Stoke went in 2-1 up at half-time.

The second half started at a much slower pace and not many clear cut chances were created. Then on came Adnan Januzaj and he completely changed the direction of the game. The young man wasn’t afraid to attack the Stoke defenders and he certainly had a massive influence on the result.

United drew themselves level from a corner, Robin van Persie whipped in an excellent ball which met the head of Wayne Rooney perfectly and the ball nestled nicely into the back of the net. Then two minutes later the comeback was complete. Patrice Evra played a delightful ball into Javier Hernandez’s path and he headed United into a 3-2 lead with ten minutes to go.

The Old Trafford faithful had to endure a few anxious moments but managed to hold on for the win and a huge three points for David Moyes. Although we still sit eighth in the table, progress was certainly made.

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