Manchester United 4-2 Stoke City: Premier League as It Happened
Premier League Final Score: Manchester United 4-2 Stoke City, Old Trafford
Goals: Rooney (og) 11', Kightly 58' (Stoke), Rooney 28', 65', van Persie 44', Welbeck 46' (Man Utd)
Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Carrick, Valencia, Scholes, Rooney, Welbeck, van Persie. Subs: Lindegaard, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Nani, Powell, Wootton.
Stoke City: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Walters, Whitehead, Nzonzi, Adam, Kightly, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Jones, Owen, Upson, Etherington, Wilkinson.
Here are six things we learned from United's big win.
90+3'- The final whistle blows, and United have claimed a somewhat one-sided 4-2 victory over Stoke City at Old Trafford.
Despite an own-goal from Wayne Rooney and a Michael Kightly strike threatening to spoil United's day, clinical finishes from Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck added to a Wayne Rooney brace to seal an easy victory.
United remain in second place in the EPL standings, closely following an impressive Chelsea side who won 4-2 themselves at Tottenham earlier in the day.
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90'- Three minutes added on by the officials, as more goals look very unlikely in the final moments.
This win will keep United in second place heading into their huge Premier League showdown with Chelsea next weekend.
89'- Stoke have one last go at trying to get something from this game, but some hopeful Charlie Adam long balls are dealt with well by Evans.
Manchester United 4-2 Stoke City
One thing that must be said about the United defence, they've dealt well with Peter Crouch. I've no doubt Sir Alex earmarked the big man as Stoke's most dangerous threat, but that hasn't been the case today.
85'- Nani looks eager to impress, but can't find a way through the suddenly staunch Stoke back line. He's well marshalled by Huth.
United fans look away now. Edin Dzeko has just tied things up for ten man City at the Hawthorns.
82- CHANCE STOKE!
Charlie Adam swings in a £10 million corner that's well met by Owen at the near post. Van Persie is on hand to deflect the goalbound shot over though.
80'- Things have turned very dull all of a sudden at Old Trafford, as both teams scrap for possession in midfield.
Despite the scoreline, this game hasn't seen the most inspiring football from either side. Sir Alex will be particularly disappointed with the way United has defended.
78'- United make their last change of the game, as Javier Hernandez comes on for the improved Danny Welbeck.
Hernandez loves playing the Potters, he's scored four in four against Tony Pulis' team.
76'- Nani makes his first contribution as he links up well with Patrice Evra, before seeing his shot well saved by Begovic from a tight angle.
The linesman has his flag up though, to deny United the corner.
74'- It's Michael Owen time, as the veteran replaces Michael Kightly for Stoke. Nani comes on for Valencia in a like-for-like switch for United.
Quite unbelievably considering the team's record in past seasons, United currently lead the league in goals scored from corners.
72'- It's time for an extended spell of United possession as they seek to pass out the remaining minutes.
Things can only get better for United as a Shane Long goal has given West Brom the lead over Manchester City.
70'- Paul Scholes makes way for Anderson in United's first change of the game.
If the Brazilian scores, I'm desperately hoping he breaks out his "where's that strange sound coming from?" celebration.
67'- United have that Old Trafford swagger back as they march forward in search of a fifth.
I think that Stoke goal only reawakened the sleeping giant, perhaps they'd have been better off if it was still 3-1.
65'- GOAL UNITED!
Rooney sweeps in a free-kick which is headed behind by German behemoth Robert Huth.
Van Persie's corner finds Rooney at the far post, and he slots it past Begovic to restore United's two goal lead.
62'- United, unsurprisingly, look a little shaken after that goal. They had been cruising at 3-1, but now have to turn on the heaters once again in the search for goals.
This game has been a little reminiscent of United's 3-2 win over Fulham earlier in the season.
59'- GOAL STOKE!
Horrible defending from Ferdinand as a full-speed Michael Kightly breezes straight through the middle of the United defence before finishing past de Gea.
And just like that, Stoke are back in this one.
Manchester United 3-2 Stoke City
58'- Stoke just seem to be going through the motions in the hopes that the ref will blow for the final whistle thirty minutes early today.
But as I write that...
56'- CHANCE UNITED!
Rafael finds space at the byline before cutting a fine pass straight across goal. But a sliding Welbeck can't make contact at the far post to tap-in.
Manchester United 3-1 Stoke City
53'- Antonio Valencia shows why he doesn't have a left foot as he cuts inside on the edge of the area, before completely scuffing his shot at goal.
The Potters have conceded 22 goals and scored just once in their last eight visits to Old Trafford. I think that record might get much worse today if things continue the way they are.
51'- Welbeck is played through one-on-one, but delays getting his shot off, allowing the retreating Stoke defenders to catch up with him.
United could have legitimately scored three this half already, Stoke look absolutely shocking at the moment.
49'- CHANCE UNITED!
Oh boy, how has Jonny Evans not scored there?
The central defender arrives at the far post to meet a hanging Rooney cross, but somehow manages to head straight at Begovic with most of the goal at his mercy.
47'- GOAL UNITED!
Stoke sleepwalk their way into the second half, as a Wayne Rooney cross is met by a diving Danny Welbeck, who nods it into the bottom corner.
Are the floodgates to open now?
Manchester United 3-1 Stoke City
46'- Stoke kick things off for the second half, as they seek to overturn a one-goal deficit.
Not the most scintillating of halves of football, but three goals have kept a quiet crowd entertained.
It's currently goalless in every other Premier League game around Britain at the moment, except for at Anfield, where a goal from father-of-the-year Raheem Sterling has given the Reds the lead against Reading.
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