And if that wasn’t bad enough for embattled United manager David Moyes, defenders Phil Jones and Jonny Evans were both withdrawn through injury in the first half.
Following are player ratings and analysis for all the Red Devils following a poor day out at Britannia Stadium.
De Gea: Had no chance on Adam’s free-kick following the deflection off Carrick’s outstretched leg.
Smalling: Committed the foul on Walters that led to Stoke’s goal.
Jones: Was withdrawn after a nasty clash of heads with Walters.
Evans: Lasted only 11 minutes before limping off with an apparent calf injury
Evra: Decent in attack, but losing ground in defense car too often.
Carrick: Needn’t have stuck his leg out when Adam delivered his free-kick.
Cleverley: Completed just 75% of his passes in a very poor half.
Mata: Lively, but poor on set-pieces so far.
Rooney: Certainly not looking match-fit and has touched the ball just 29 times.
Young: Distribution has been awful.
Van Persie: Twice hacked down inside Stoke’s 18-yard box, but on neither occasion did he make a meal of it.
Rafael: Proving a handful for Pieters.
Welbeck: Curious to see how he’ll fit in the attack after the restart.
De Gea: Not at fault for either of Adam’s goals.
Smalling: Distribution was awful and he fouled Walters ahead of the Stoke opener.
Jones: Had been quite good before his clash of heads with Walters.
Evans: Hopefully not out for too long.
Evra: One of his worst matches in an already forgettable season for the Frenchman.
Carrick: United missed his distribution once he moved to centre-back.
Cleverley: Much, much better after the restart but missed an absolute sitter in the final minutes.
Mata: Poor set-pieces; gave the ball away far too easily.
Rooney: Moved back into a central midfield role after the Jones injury and was mostly ineffective.
Young: Barely noticeable in the second half.
Van Persie: Took his goal well after controlling Mata’s pass.
Rafael: Carved apart by Assaidi.
Welbeck: Abysmal performance—had only 13 touches and rarely controlled the ball with any effectiveness.
Hernandez: Won a late corner but did little else after replacing Van Persie.