Premier League

October 24, 2010

Full-time

Stoke City

1 - 2

Manchester United

Premier League

12:30 +00:00, October 24, 2010

Britannia Stadium, England

Referee: A Marriner

Referee: Andre Marriner

  • 95'

    FULL TIME Manchester United take their first away win of the season. Hernandez was the match winner, but Stoke played their part in an entertaining match.

  • 95'

    United keeping possession. Surely the ref is about to blow?

  • 94'

    A wonderful save from Sorensen! Nani's shot takes a deflection and he does wonderfully to turn it around the post.

  • 93'

    Last minute, what have Stoke got left?

  • 92'

    Jones looks a little worse for wear as he makes his way off the pitch. He'll have to return, Stoke have no one else!

  • 91'

    Jones competes for the corner with Vidic and comes off worse. He's down receiving treatment at the moment.

  • 91'

    A corner to Stoke, Sorensen makes his way forward!

  • 90'

    FOUR MINUTES ADDED TIME

  • 88'

    United have a corner, but it should of been a third goal. With Stoke throwing bodies forward, Hernandez breaks. He has two men in support, but he can't find either and Delap intercepts.

  • 87'

    Can Stoke find another equaliser? A crushing blow for the Potters after they worked so hard to get back into the match.

  • 86'

    Gabriel Obertan on for Paul Scholes

  • 85'

    GOAL Hernandez restores United's lead!Berbatocv working the ball well, clipping a cross towards Hernandez, who can't win the header. It falls to Evra, who shoots towards goal and Chicharito diverts it into the net! What an afternoon for the Mexican!

  • 84'

    For Tony Pulis, his substitutions have paid off, what a goal by Tuncay.

  • 83'

    Sir Alex Ferguson will be furious, his side giving away yet another lead!

  • 82'

    Nani trying to restore United's lead, his low drive at the near post saved by Sorensen.

  • 81'

    GOAL What a goal by Tuncay! Scholes gave away possession to Kenwyne Jones, who found Tuncay wide on the right. He took the ball inside Evra, before unleashing an unstoppable left-foot drive into the top corner and beyond Van der Sar. Stunning.

  • 79'

    Berbatov doing his defensive duties and makes a pair of clearances to make sure United remain in the lead.

  • 79'

    Gudjohnsen straight into the action, combining with fellow sub Tuncay to win a corner...

  • 78'

    Eidur Gudjohnsen on for Jermaine Pennant

  • 76'

    A little dip in the intensity in the last few minutes, United doing a very professional job of seeing this one out.

  • 75'

    Stoke free kick, taken short to Etherington, who over hits his cross and it's goal kick.

  • 74'

    Berbatov attempts an audacious shot from the corner of the box, he slices it well wide.

  • 73'

    Vidic beats Jones in the air once more to head clear, he's been too good for the Stoke striker.

  • 72'

    Stoke are really struggling to create any chances. You sense if they are to find a goal, it will be from a set piece.

  • 71'

    A thundering break for United, Berbatov finding Hernandez at the back post with a sublime cross, the Mexican connects with his volley excellently, but on the stretch he can only send it beyond the far post.

  • 71'

    Again the visitor's handle the threat comfortably, great defending.

  • 70'

    It's long throw time again, Rory Delap grabs his towel...

  • 69'

    Michael Carrick on for John O'Shea

  • 68'

    United haven't seen much of the ball in the second half, Stoke doing a good job, but they haven't tested Van der Sar.

  • 67'

    Penalty claims, again from Evra! Some excellent play between Berbatov and Hernandez, the Bulgarian finding Evra on the left. He drills a cross towards goal, it strikes the arm of Huth, but their is little the centre back can do about it.

  • 66'

    The Stoke fans have their wish and on come Tuncay. Can he provide the spark to ignite their comeback?

  • 66'

    Jon Walters replaced by Tuncay

  • 65'

    Marc Wilson is carded for a cynical trip on Paul Scholes, a silly booking to pick up.

  • 63'

    Stoke look like they are running out of ideas at the moment, they can't break down the visitor's defence.

  • 62'

    Walters holds up the ball, and looks to find Jones. His pass is behind his strike partner and those two haven't combined well all afternoon.

  • 61'

    And as I type Tuncay is sent to warm up by Pulis. The Turkey man could be imminent.

  • 60'

    Stoke have Eidur Gudjohnsen and Tuncay on the bench, Tony Pulis must be considering changes.

  • 59'

    A bit of hassle in the penalty area. Vidic shoving Huth into Edwin Van der Sar, who is sent tumbling. Somehow, Vidic earns a free kick!

  • 58'

    Nani clears the latest throw in, Fergie's men have been very solid at the back.

  • 58'

    Brown defends it excellently, but is forced to put it out for another throw in...

  • 58'

    Yet another throw in for Stoke...

  • 57'

    Nani takes a very theatrical tumble in the Stoke half. He can count himself lucky to not be cautioned for that.

  • 56'

    Danny Higginbotham on for Danny Collins

  • 55'

    Stoke are matching United stride for stride, they very unfortunate not to be level in this match.

  • 54'

    Patrice Evra is incensed to have not been awarded a penalty! United break and Nani looks for the full back, who had made a charge through the middle. Nani's pass is poor, but off the ball Delap seems to barge down Evra. Slightly fortunate there, Stoke.

  • 53'

    Stoke are trying to put pressure on United here, penning them back with a series of throw ins.

  • 52'

    Etherington tries to attack down the left, but he's tackled and United break with Evra. Hernandez makes a run into plenty of space but Evra doesn't see him, and his final ball is poor.

  • 50'

    United have dealt with the threat posed by Jones admirably. Vidic and Ferdinand have been very commanding.

  • 49'

    Danny Collins is in the book for a strong tackle on Nani, who makes a lot of it, but the yellow card is justified.

  • 48'

    Pennant's delivery is good, Walters flicks it on but Shawcross can't direct his volley goalwards.

  • 48'

    The throw is a bad one from Delap, but they have a free kick after a foul on Ryan Shawcross.

  • 47'

    A Stoke throw in from just inside the United half. Delap is over it...

  • 46'

    Can Stoke bring themselves back into this one? Gary Neville did not look happy to be coming off and communicated that point in no uncertain terms.

  • 45'

    SECOND HALF United start the second half.

  • 45'

    Wes Brown on for Gary Neville

  • 47'

    Later on we'll be covering the big clash at the City of Manchester Stadium between Man City and Arsenal. Be sure to join us for that.

  • 47'

    United are fortunate to still have 11 men on the pitch, how Gary Neville escaped a second booking for his lunge on Etherington is beyond me.

  • 47'

    HALF TIME Manchester United lead through Hernandez's cheeky finish. Stoke are far from out of this. One-nil at the break.

  • 47'

    Scholes with a glorious quick free kick, finding Evra, who attempts to square but it's cleared for a corner.

  • 46'

    Delap with a petulent trip on O'Shea, United free kick...

  • 45'

    TWO MINUTES ADDED TIME

  • 44'

    Evra powers a header at goal from the corner, but it's high and wide, a good effort.

  • 43'

    Berbatov sneaks beyond the Stoke backline, gets to the byline where he squeezes a pass past Sorensen, and Faye puts the ball behind.

  • 42'

    Gary Neville is a very lucky boy! Etherington dances past the veteran, who hacks him down and somehow escapes a second booking! Very poor refereeing.

  • 41'

    Nearly a disaster for Stoke! Sorensen clears a backpass straight into Javier Hernandez, luckily the deflection clears the crossbar!

  • 40'

    Paul Scholes, suprise, suprise, is in the book. Deservedly so for a late lunge on Pennant.

  • 39'

    Delap slings the ball into the penalty area, Jones battles with Vidic, but no one can claim the loose ball.

  • 38'

    Again United clear, but only for a throw...

  • 37'

    Stoke free kick, Evra climbing over the back of Jermaine Pennant...

  • 36'

    The winger is back on and Stoke will be relieved, can they claw themselves level before the break?

  • 35'

    He's on his feet on the touchline, we will have to wait and see if he can return.

  • 34'

    Etherington is still down a receiving treatment for Stoke, he would be a huge loss for the Potters.

  • 33'

    Gary Neville is the first man booked after a high challenge on Etherington. He is not at all happy with that.

  • 32'

    It really was a wonderful finish from Hernandez, innovative and lethal.

  • 31'

    Delap feeds Jones and the striker tries to shrug off Nemanja Vidic, but the Serb stands his ground and United clear. Excellent defending.

  • 30'

    United will be delighted to have somehow taken the lead in this match, Stoke had made a very solid start.

  • 29'

    Darren Fletcher is lucky to escape a booking for scithing down Kenwyne Jones. Needless from the Scot.

  • 28'

    Stoke are looking to bounce back after having the better of the opening exchanges. No one team is better at recovering from losing positions than Pulis' men.

  • 26'

    GOAL Chicharito score for United! Vidic headed Nani's corner back into for Hernandez, who attempts an outrageous backwards header that Sorensen can't keep out, a fantastic finish!

  • 25'

    Nani standing over a Manchester United corner...

  • 24'

    Nani's attempted shot hits the Jermaine Pennant-shaped brick in Stoke's wall.

  • 23'

    United with a rare set piece, Faye with a robust challenge on Hernandez.

  • 22'

    Etherington speeds down the left and leaves Neville for dead, his cross is a decent one towards Walters, the striker chooses to leave it but there is no one behind him.

  • 21'

    Momentary panic in the United defence! Kenwyne Jones causing all sorts of problems, Marc Wilson attempts to head it back into the danger area, eventually Scholes can hammer clear!

  • 20'

    United clear the free kick out for another corner...

  • 19'

    Stoke free kick in a useful position...

  • 18'

    Etherington finds space 30 yards from goal and decides to let fly, his effort clattering into Kenwyne Jones and out for a United throw.

  • 17'

    Neither side has managed a sustained period of possession so far in this frantic opening 20 minutes.

  • 16'

    Huth connects with the header, but no one is there to finish. Stoke are looking dangerous.

  • 16'

    Another throw in to Stoke...

  • 15'

    Van der Sar flaps at the cross, but United clear and Berbatov shows incredible composure to guide the ball to safety.

  • 15'

    United clear the throw for a corner, the pressure is still on...

  • 14'

    Stoke have a throw deep in the United half, cue Delap...

  • 13'

    United earn their first corner and it's easily cleared by Stoke's giant defence.

  • 12'

    Van der Sar scampers out of his goal to clear a through ball, but only finds Rory Delap. The Irishman composes himself and attempts a wonder goal, only to see if sail wide.

  • 10'

    The pace of the game seems to have settled after that early flurry, the first goal will be crucial here.

  • 9'

    Berbatov and Hernandez are showing signs of developing an understanding up front for United, linking up to good effect so far.

  • 8'

    A fantastic start here, both teams are clearly up for this one.

  • 7'

    United clear the corner and spring foward, Berbatov feeds Nani and it's three-on-three. The winger clips a cross to Hernandez at the backpost, but it's slightly over hit, and the Mexican can't find Berbatov with his header.

  • 6'

    A bit of argy bargy between Neville and Walters delays the corner.

  • 5'

    A cracking atmosphere inside the ground, Stoke are taking the game to United early on and have a corner after good work from Collins.

  • 4'

    Berbatov is in a heap on the floor after being wiped out by Thomas Sorensen! Fletcher played a perfectly weighted ball through for the Bulgarian, and the Stoke keeper reacted well to come out and clear the danger.

  • 3'

    Jonathan Walters in acres of space down the right, Kenwyne Jones is in the centre, but once again Van der Sar is alert and catches the cross.

  • 3'

    Hernandez involved again, he's only inches from making contact with a long pass from the half way line.

  • 2'

    Faye almost caught in possession by the lively Hernandez, he's lucky to see his teammate bail him out.

  • 1'

    Early pressure from Stoke, Kenwyne Jones holding off John O'Shea before passing to Etherington, his cross is too long and Van der Sar gathers.

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    KICK OFF Stoke start the match.

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    Nearly time to get this one underway, a big game for Fergie's men.

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    Stoke can rise to seventh in the league with a win today, Marc Wilson comes into the middle of their midfield and the in-form Kenwyne Jones is the lone striker.

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    United pair Dimitar Berbatov with Javier Hernandez up front, with Gary Neville making only his second appearance of the season.

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    Manchester United will be looking to end a turbulent week in positive fashion, a win away at Stoke City could send them up to second in the table.

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    Live commentary will appear here from 1315 BST.

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    Sir Alex Ferguson has had a tricky week after dealing with the Wayne Rooney saga, how can Manchester United respond during Sunday's trip to Stoke? Fergie has urged his players to focus on football.

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