Manchester United VS Stoke City
Manchester United get us underway. It is a sunny weather in the North-West. It is not every day you can say that.
A wonderful save by Stoke City squad! I’m not sure if this is unbelievable save nor an unbelievable miss but somehow Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic hasn’t scored I will never know. Ibrahimovic had all the time in the world to shoot the ball into the corner but he tried to trick Lee Grant and the veteran stopper has pulled off one of the saves of the season. An Outstanding defensive plays from Stoke City goalkeeper.
It is still all Manchester United but Stoke has started to settle now. Martins Indi tried to lob David De Gea from 50 yards but had no chance beating the Spaniard from that distance, even with the determination in his eyes.
A powerful shot from Stoke City squad! Stoke are warming into this now. Moments after Wilfried Bony just failed to make contact with a cross aimed towards the near post, Geoff Cameron forced a save out of David De Gea from 30 yards.
An unpleasant move from Antonio Valencia but he is indeed lucky not to be punished with more than a yellow card. He has just lunged in, two-footed, on Erik Pieters on the touchline. He will have to watch his step from now on.
A Chance for Stoke City! Stoke should be ahead! Joe Allen and Xherdan Shaqiri played a one-two down the right before Allen’s cross missed its intended target of Wilfried Bony and found Geoff Cameron on the edge of the box. Decent contact would probably have resulted in a goal but he scuffed his shot and David De Gea was able to make the save.
A Chance for Manchester United! Now United should be ahead! What a start to this game. A fantastic move involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jesse Lingard ends with the young Englishman flicking the ball through to Paul Pogba but despite having time and space, the world-record summer signing pulled his shot wide from 12 yards.
I wonder what Stoke City manager Mark Hughes makes this start? His side could have made a couple of goals but they may have taken the lead just before the quarter-hour mark. Defensively, you can see why they have struggled at the back but they don’t look short of confidence going forward.
An excellent effort from Juan Mata as he tried to lob Lee Grant from the edge of the area but Lee Grant was equal to it as he tipped the ball over the crossbar.
A chance missed by Paul Pogba with a free header from around 10 yards out but failed to score. How is this game still goalless?
Stoke City’s manager Mark Hughes will be fuming with Xherdan Shaqiri. The Stoke City squad created a four-on-three opportunity and all the Swiss winger needed to do was pass to Marko Arnautovic on the left and he was in. Instead, he attempted to take on his marker and was ultimately dispossessed.
Another impressive save from Lee Grant from Stoke City side! This is Lee Grant’s first-ever appearance at Manchester United Stadium or The Old Trafford so far, But he is already showing a masterclass goalkeeping abilities. Manchester United put together a fine move that ends with Jesse Lingard flicking the ball towards the bottom corner from close-range but somehow, Lee Grant was able to tip his effort wide.
Ryan Shawcross loses Zlatan Ibrahimovic for plenty of times but on this occasion, it helps the centre-back as he makes a vital block be able to stop the Manchester United’s striker at the close-range volley from finding the back of the net.
35’ Stoke City squad wins a corner after Marko Arnautovic cross is turned behind by Eric Bailly but it comes to nothing as Manchester United clear easily. Ryan Shawcross went down after being blocked off by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. There didn’t look a whole lot in it but the 35-year-old striker needs to be careful.
It’s getting to the stage where Stoke City maybe starting to think about the half time but they need to hold on for the remaining seven minutes.It is a crucial part of the game. If Manchester United can score before the halftime ends, you would expect them to win comfortably.
Xherdan Shaqiri has just spent 20 seconds twisting, turning and auditioning for Strictly Come Dancing with Chris Smalling in the corner and then after nutmegging the defender and threw himself on the ground looking for a foul.
There will be one minute added extra time before the halftime ends.
HALF TIME: Manchester United 0-0 Stoke City
It’s time for the second half to get underway.
It only takes 15 seconds just for Wilfried Bony to have a free kick around 30 yards from goal and Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic are all over this. Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross to the back post finds Martins Indi who forces a tremendous save out of David De Gea but the offside flag is up.
Manchester United responded to that opening for the visitors giving them a lot of attacks coming from the 35-yard half-volley from Ander Herrera which goes miles wide of the post.
As of this time of the game Stoke City are second-best at Old Trafford but so far, they are holding their own against Mourinho’s side.
Ander Herrera is very, very lucky not to be sent off here by the referee. After He just gone in, studs-ups, down Joe Allen’s thigh with it with a serious foul play. A tough referee decision.
A Chance for Stoke City here! From the resulting free kick, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Marko Arnautovic combine to set up Joe Allen inside the penalty area but after turning Chris Smalling, he can’t get any power on his shot from 12 yards and Manchester United David De Gea makes an easy save.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the next man to go into the book for what could have been adjudged as an elbow on Ryan Shawcross. The Manchester United striker received a yellow card. Frustration is building for the home side.
Another shot was released by the Red Devils! Manchester United put together their best moves of the second half but it only produces a tame effort from Paul Pogba, who shoots straight at Lee Grant from 25 yards.
Another shot came from Manchester United, This time, it is Juan Mata tried his luck from distance but even though Lee Grant fumbles his well-struck effort, he was able to save the ball.
We are through an hour of this match and it has reached a stage where there will be calls for the Manchester United Team Captain Wayne Rooney to be introduced. It seems to set up for the under-fire skipper to redeem himself…
The Stoke City are continuing to probe here and Xherdan Shaqiri manages to win a corner after his attempted cut-back was blocked. However, the resulting corner is a shocker and was not able to beat the first man.
A shot was released by the Red Devils squad! Manchester United go up the other end of the pitch where Jesse Lingard sets up Ander Herrera but his shot from distance just misses the bottom corner and Manchester United Jose Mourinho call for a substitution.
Substitutions coming from Manchester United side! Jose Mourinho acted first and replaced Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard with Team Captain Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been quiet in this second half but he almost finds the back of the net with a thunderous shot along the ground. The ball goes inches wide of the post but I think Lee Grant was able to make another astounding save on the Stoke City side.
A goal from Manchester United’s Anthony Martial! Manchester United 1-0 Stoke City (Martial)
Manchester United finally made the breakthrough and it’s Anthony Martial to goal that has put the squad on the lead. Geoff Cameron did well to dispossess Wayne Rooney inside the penalty area but the ball fell straight to the Frenchman, who curled the ball into the top corner from the far side of the area.
Stoke are all at sea at the back now and it only seems a matter of time before Manchester United scores again. The Stoke City’s backline have just had to make three last-ditch blocks to keep the score at 1-0.
A successful save from Stoke City’s goalkeeper! Lee Grant really has been exceptional in this game and he pulls off another stop to deny Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who made great contact with a volley at the back post.
A substitution from Stoke City Squad! Two changes for Stoke with Marko Arnautovic and Wilfried Bony being withdrawn and Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters being introduced.
The rhythm of this game has subsided now and that’s going to suit Manchester United. I am not quite sure how much Stoke City have got left after exerting so much effort into the opening hour of this game.
After Shawcross upended Anthony Martial on the edge of the area, Manchester United Team Captain Wayne Rooney had the chance to test Lee Grant but his inswinging delivery lacked pace and was very close to the Stoke City’s goalkeeper.
A goal from Stoke City Joe Allen! Manchester United 1-1 Stoke City (Allen)
Wow, the Stoke City score they were able to equalise with the Manchester United because of the goalkeeping error from David De Gea. A deflected shot from Glen Johnson was spilled by the goalkeeper and after Jonathan Walters had struck the ball with the rebound, Joe Allen was on hand to rifle in from two yards.
Substitution from the Manchester United Squad. Manager Jose Mourinho exerts a little time in making his final change as Memphis Depay replaces Ander Herrera.
Manchester United Squad is delivering numbers of attack and Zlatan Ibrahimovic was provided with another chance to get a shot away. It’s a decent effort but Lee Grant is able to defend well.
Paul Pogba hits the bar after. He has to score from there. A brilliant cross from Marcus Rashford finds the midfielder around six yards out but his header cannons off the crossbar and goes clear.
90’ There will be four minutes of extra time
Manchester United win two corners in succession but the second ends with Paul Pogba committing the foul.
Stoke City have put Peter Crouch in defence for these final few minutes. They have one minute to hold out. Before that match ends.
End at full time as the referee conducted the final whistle. Manchester United 1-1 Stoke City match ended in a draw.
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