We started with a strong attacking team at the Bet 365 stadium with Pogba, Zlatan and Mkhitaryan all featuring in the starting eleven. Rojo missed the game through illness but watched from the stands, whilst Anthony Martial was omitted from the squad. The first 20 minutes went in Stoke’s favour after a slow start from us which resulted in Stoke breaking the deadlock in the 19th minute via a Juan Mata own goal which found its way past De Gea at the near post. In the 30th minute Zlatan Ibrahimovic found his way through, squared it to Juan Mata who couldn’t find the open net from 6 yards out. We finished the half by far the dominant side but just weren’t clinical enough with the chances presented to them.
The second half started with no subs made from either manager as we searched for an equaliser to continue our impressive unbeaten run. The 56th minute came with nothing to really shout about. Jose Mourinho replaced Marouane Fellaini with Marcus Rashford in a bid to add pace and skill on the wing. Later on both Juan Mata and Henrik Mkhitaryan made way for Jesse Lingard and Wayne Rooney as we grew more frustrated by the minute as nothing was going our way. Lingard had a pop just outside the box in the 87th minute only to find the bar; Stoke were hanging on. Our last chance to salvage a point fell to Wayne Rooney who stepped up to take a free kick near the edge of the box by the touchline. Rooney took the free kick with power and precision and it arrowed into the top right corner with Rooney breaking the record with his 250th United goal that was previously held by Sir Bobby Charlton and rescued us a vital point. United finished the game with 65% possession and 25 shots (8 on target)
The result turned out to be alright due to Liverpool, Spurs and City all dropping points but on the other hand a costly 2 points have been dropped as that was our chance to close the gap and tighten things up at the top of the table.
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