Stoke City 0-2 Manchester United: Premier League as It Happened
Goal: 4' Carrick, 66' van Persie pen
Stoke City: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson, Shotton, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Walters, Jones. Subs: Palacios, Owen, Whitehead, Kightly, Crouch, Jerome.
Manchester United: De Gea, Vidic, Evra, Jones, Ferdinand, Kagawa, Carrick, Valencia, Rooney, Hernandez, van Persie. Subs: Lindegaard, Evans, Giggs, Smalling, Welbeck, Cleverley, Buttner.
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90+3'- The final whistle blows and the Red Devils have claimed a vital 2-0 win over Stoke City thanks to goals from Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie.
The Potters put up a good fight, but ultimately lacked genuine quality in the final third.
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90+2'- A disappointing Wayne Rooney pass sees a promising United fast-break end prematurely. Stoke have stopped playing.
90'- Ryan Shotton gets into good position down the right flank, but he slips at the crucial moment, the ball dribbling out for a goal kick.
Three minutes to be added on. Can United hold out for another clean sheet?
89'- It's Glenn Whelan's turn to have a go from miles out. The crowd behind David de Gea's goal have taken a battering today.
An intimate moment between Charlie Adam and Wayne Rooney.
87'- A yellow card for Cameron Jerome for a horrible late tackle on Nemanja Vidic.
Wayne Rooney seems to be the consensus man of the match for the Red Devils. I wouldn't disagree.
85'- Ryan Shotton tries his luck from about 35 yards out, but his effort is hardly worthy of de Gea's attention.
The Britannia faithful tell the full-back what they think of that in no uncertain terms.
83'- Valencia releases Phil Jones through the right channel, but the defender's low cross is deflected wide for a corner.
Robin van Persie's set piece is met by Carrick at the near post, but his flicked header flies over Begovic's goal.
82'- Adam's dipping free kick nearly catches de Gea out at his far post, but the Spaniard reacts quickly to palm the ball away.
Peter Crouch looks like being the next Stoke striker to be brought on from the bench.
80'- Charlie Adam fouls Michael Carrick moments after the English midfielder wins the ball for his side.
Carrick briefly looks like he may be hurt, but soliders on for the Red Devils.
Stoke City 0-2 Manchester United
77'- Both sets of fans give Michael Owen a terrific reception as he replaces Jonathan Walters for Stoke.
Javier Hernandez makes way for Danny Welbeck for the Red Devils.
76'- Patrice Evra finds space through the left channel, but his low cross is easily cut out.
74'- Kagawa getting plenty of touches in the final third for United. He hasn't been perfect today, but his positive influence has been felt.
Michael Owen does begin warming up on the sidelines as Tony Pulis begins to get a little desperate.
Sir Alex's side is yet to concede a penalty in the league this season. They've also committed the second-fewest fouls per game with 10.1.
71'- Ryan Shotton controls well on the edge of the United box past a slipping Patrice Evra. His rather tame effort on goal doesn't worry de Gea, though.
Moments later, Stoke appeal for a penalty of their own as Kenwyne Jones falls over a fallen Vidic. Could have been given.
69'- That goal seems to have demoralised a once bouncing Britannia crowd.
United in control and heading to another crucial three points en route to Premier League glory.
67'- GOAL UNITED!
The Dutchman finishes it off himself, placing a perfect effort into the bottom corner.
Robin van Persie then sprints over to Sir Alex and the United bench and high fives everyone in sight.
66'- Penalty United!
No complaints as a sliding Andy Wilkinson trips Robin van Persie as the Dutchman cuts back onto his left foot.
65'- Tony Pulis seems to be considering former United man Michael Owen for a late cameo.
Meanwhile, Antonio Valencia has been booked for blocking a quick Charlie Adam free kick.
63'- Shinji Kagawa plays a loose pass to Michael Carrick who can't control.
Kenwyne Jones leads a promising counter attack, but goes for goal from miles out, firing over.
61'- This time Charlie Adam goes for goal from within his own half. On target, but no problem for de Gea. Ambitious much?
59'- Charlie Adam advances into the United half before unleashing a powerful effort on goal. David de Gea saves easily.
The Potters have been the better side in this second half, but still have a long way to go in terms of breaking down the United back line.
57'- Play breaks down for the Red Devils down the right flank as Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia exchange poor passes.
Jon Moss then calls the former for a late trip on Geoff Cameron.
55'- The ball sits up nicely for Jonathan Walters close to goal, but the Stoke man can't get over his volley and fires into row Z.
Sunderland's win earlier turns up the pressure on Tony Pulis' side, who are slipping closer and closer to the relegation zone.
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