Tuesday January 4, 2011 Day 22 Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 2 - 1 Stoke City

  • Hernández 27’
  • Nani 62’
  • Whitehead 50’

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    Nani strike enough to beat Stoke

    Nani grabbed the winner in a 2-1 home win over Stoke as Manchester United opened up a three point lead at the top of the Premier League. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • Stoke City
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 (UK only).
    • 90'+4 FULL-TIME! Man Utd win 2-1 and extend their lead at the top to three points. Stoke battled in parts of the game, but the home side had all the possession and deservedly pick up the win.
    • 90+3 Stoke play a long ball forward but it comes to nothing. Seconds remaining.
    • 90+2 Man Utd keep hold of the ball in defence and come forward. Nani plays a ball into the box and Owen nearly connects, but Begovic gathers the loose ball.
    • 90' We have three minutes of stoppage time. Man utd look comfortable but can Stoke shock them again?
    • 90' Giggs clears the ball upfield from the left-back position.
    • 89' The clock is ticking and Man Utd look comfortable. Rafael bombs forward into the box but is muscled off the ball by Walters.
    • 87' Owen has possession in midfield but is held by Whitehead. Free-kick to Man Utd.
    • 86' Corner to United. Giggs swings the ball in to Evra who flies in with a diving header.
    • 85' Evra clatters Pennant on the left, who isn't happy with the challenge.
    • 84' Fuller receives a word from referee Mark Clattenburg, but nothing comes of it.
    • 83' The home fans are urging their side to keep attacking, but the players looks very comfortable on the ball.
    • 81' Chance for Giggs! Rafael's cross is flicked over by Giggs, who does well to get in front of Huth.
    • 80' United are looking for a third goal here, spraying the ball around really well.
    • 78' Double substitution for Man Utd. Michael Carrick replaces Gibson and Michael Owen comes on Hernandez.
    • 78' Fuller tries to get past Gibson, but the midfielder is too strong.
    • 76' Ricardo Fuller comes on for Kenwyne Jones for Stoke City.
    • 74' Nani comes down the right but his low cross is gathered up by Begovic.
    • 72' Hernandez tries to turn Huth on the edge of the box but Stoke clear the ball.
    • 70' Jermaine Pennant has also entered the play for Stoke, replacing Matthew Etherington.
    • 70' Hernandez shoots over after Rafael cuts the ball back from the byline.
    • 68' Stoke City substitution. Jon Walters has come on for Rory Delap.
    • 67' Berbatov has a shot blocked on the edge of the box after a deep cross from Rafael.
    • 65' Foul on Evra from Delap inside the area. Free-kick to Man Utd.
    • 64' The crowd have come alive again and the home side have upped their game.
    • 62' GOAL!!! Nani has put Man Utd ahead with a fantastic strike on the edge of the box! Hernandez managed to turn a defender before spotting the Portuguese winger, and he fires past a helpless Begovic!
    • 60' Nani comes foward and tries to play in Berbatov, but the ball cannons back off the Bulgarian and goes out for a goal kick.
    • 59' Rafael plays a ball over the top to Berbatov but the striker is flagged for offside.
    • 58' Etherington plays a dangerous low cross into Jones, but the striker can't do anything with the ball.
    • 57' Smalling connects to the corner with a header but it goes wide. The Man Utd fans are urging their team to attack.
    • 56' Nani shoots from outside the box, but it takes a deflection for a corner.
    • 53' Berbatov storms forward into the box but is blocked by Shawcross as he was about to pull the trigger.
    • 50' GOAL!!! 1-1. Dean Whitehead has equalised for Stoke City with a close range header after a cross from Tuncay. Old Trafford is stunned into silence.
    • 49' Rafael de Silva looks for a corner off Etherington but a goal kick is given.
    • 48' Free-kick to Man Utd for a foul on Fletcher.
    • 47' Etherington delivers a good cross but Smalling heads away, before another cross finds Tuncay unmarked and the former Middlesbrough players heads wide.
    • 47' Free-kick to Stoke. Shawcross sends a long ball forward.
    • 46' And we're off in the second-half. Can Man Utd extend their lead or will Stoke manage to break down the defensive pairing of Smalling and Vidic?
    • HALF-TIME. It's 1-0 to Manchester Utd, thanks to Javier Hernandez's goal.
    • 45+1 Dean Whitehead plays a long ball forward to Jones, but Kuszczak cleans up at the back.
    • 45' Fletcher whips in a cross towards Berbatov at the back post but it goes out for a goal kick.
    • 44' Man Utd come forward again and Berbatov is playing the link-up man, trying to find a second goal.
    • 42' Delap whips in a deep cross from the left but it goes out of play for a Man Utd throw-in.
    • 41' Etherington fires over from 25 yards after winning the ball in central midfield.
    • 40' Wayne Rooney and Stereophonics lead singer Kelly Jones look to be enjoying the game in a private box. And so they should, it's been a good first half so far for the home side.
    • 39' Tuncay tries to rise above Vidic to a ball forward but Kuszczak is there to claim the ball.
    • 37' Giggs plays a wonderful cross field pass again finding Nani, who heads the ball across goal and Hernandez shoots over. Great play from United. How is Giggs 37 years old? What a talent he has been over the past three decades now.
    • 36' Nani tries a shot with his left foot but shoots well wide while off balance.
    • 35' The United defence play the ball across field and look comfortable.
    • 33' Marc Wilson tries his luck from 30 yards but shoots well wide.
    • 32' Throw-in for Stoke on the left. Another long throw from Delap.
    • 31' Nani curls the ball over the bar from the free-kick.
    • 30' Free-kick to Man Utd, 25 yards out. Nani stands over the ball.
    • 29' Stoke come forward with Etherington trying to pull the strings.
    • 27' GOAL GOAL GOAL!!! 1-0 to Manchester Utd. Nani plays a low ball from the right across the six-yard box and Hernandez back-flicks the ball past Begovic at the near post. Lovely goal.
    • 26' Giggs finds space on the left and tries to take on too many players and is thwarted. Bright start from Giggs who is rolling back the years.
    • 25' Giggs curls the ball over the Stoke wall but it goes over.
    • 24' Nani is fouled and wins a free kick 20 yards out from goal. Good chance for Man Utd with Giggs, Nani and Gibson standing over the ball.
    • 23' Giggs tries to pick out Berbatov but the ball is cleared by Robert Huth.
    • 22' Berbatov with a great chance! Giggs' shot takes a deflection off Ryan Shawcross on the edge of the box and the ball falls to the Bulgarian, but he shoots inches wide at the back post. He should have scored.
    • 21' Chris Smalling and Nemanja Vidic have looked comfortable so far in defence for the home side.
    • 20' Rory Delap lines up a long throw and causes slight confusion, but the ball is cleared.
    • 19' Nani's corner is too strong and goes out of play with Berbatov stretching for the ball.
    • 18' Match play restarted and Evra bombs forward again. He takes on Wilkinson and wins a corner.
    • 17' Tuncay goes down injured after a challenge from Evra inside the Stoke half. He looks in some pain.
    • 16' Giggs plays a wonderful cross-field pass to Nani on the right.
    • 15' Free-kick to the home side after a foul from Tuncay.
    • 14' Gibson shoots over after Berbatov picks him out 20 yards from goal. Corner given after a slight deflection.
    • 13' Giggs and Fletcher combine well in the middle, but Flether's pass to Berbatov is cut out.
    • 12' Giggs picks out Hernandez with a chipped pass but the Mexican is flagged for offside.
    • 11' Stoke win the first corner of the match. Etherington whips the ball in, Giggs misses the ball, but they manage to clear their lines.
    • 10' Stoke continue to thwart the home side and are beginning to come forward now.
    • 9' Evra comes forward down the left again.
    • 8' Free-kick to Stoke just inside the Man Utd half. Matthew Etherington to take.
    • 6' Ryan Giggs tries to unlock the Stoke defence on the edge of the box, but the away side clear.
    • 5' Patrice Evra storms forward and finds Darron Gibson, who shoots inches wide. Good start from the home side.
    • 4' Free-kick to Manchester Utd, 30 yards out. Nani to take.
    • 3' Free-kick to Stoke City. Kenwyne Jones tries a through ball but it goes out for a goal kick.
    • 2' Manchester United have all the possession in the early stages, passing the ball around comfortably. Dimitar Berbatov links well with Darren Fletcher 25-yards out but his shot is blocked.
    • 1' Hernandez gets in a cross from the right but Begovic collects.
    • 1' Stoke City kick off, starting from right to left.
    • 19.50 Robert Huth returns to the Stoke team tonight and has scored in each of their last two Premier League away matches - both coming against teams from the north-west at Wigan and Blackburn.
    • 19.49 Man Utd are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League home matches, winning the last six. Dimitar Berbatov has scored seven goals in his last two games at Old Trafford - can he get on the scoresheet tonight?
    • 19:35 Man Utd are looking to complete a Premier League double over Stoke for the third consecutive season tonight, but Stoke are unbeaten in their last three away games. If Stoke do win tonight, it will be the first time they have ever won back-to-back Premier League away matches.
    • 19.25 TEAM LINE-UPS: Manchester Utd - Kuszczak, Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Fletcher, Gibson, Giggs, Berbatov, Hernandez. SUBS: Amos, Fabio, Evans, Obertan, Anderson, Carrick, Owen. Stoke City - Begovic, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Collins, Delap, Wilson, Whitehead, Etherington, Jones, Tuncay. SUBS: Sorensen, Higginbotham, Pennant, Fuller, Walters, Pugh, Whelan.
    • 19.18 Manchester United TEAM NEWS: Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Edwin Van der Sar and Gary Neville all MISS the match, but there is a return for Nani. Chris Smalling comes in to partner Nemanja Vidic in central defence, while Javier Hernandez partners Dimitar Berbatov in attack.
    • 19:11 Good evening and welcome to tonight's clash at Old Trafford - it's Manchester United v Stoke City. A win for the home side will extend their lead at the top to three points, while Stoke could move up to sixth if they manage to secure a win.
  • Summary

    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 (UK only).
    • 90+2 Man Utd keep hold of the ball in defence and come forward. Nani plays a ball into the box and Owen nearly connects, but Begovic gathers the loose ball.
    • 81' Chance for Giggs! Rafael's cross is flicked over by Giggs, who does well to get in front of Huth.
    • 70' Hernandez shoots over after Rafael cuts the ball back from the byline.
    • 62' GOAL!!! Nani has put Man Utd ahead with a fantastic strike on the edge of the box! Hernandez managed to turn a defender before spotting the Portuguese winger, and he fires past a helpless Begovic!
    • 50' GOAL!!! 1-1. Dean Whitehead has equalised for Stoke City with a close range header after a cross from Tuncay. Old Trafford is stunned into silence.
    • 47' Etherington delivers a good cross but Smalling heads away, before another cross finds Tuncay unmarked and the former Middlesbrough players heads wide.
    • HALF-TIME. It's 1-0 to Manchester Utd, thanks to Javier Hernandez's goal.
    • 41' Etherington fires over from 25 yards after winning the ball in central midfield.
    • 37' Giggs plays a wonderful cross field pass again finding Nani, who heads the ball across goal and Hernandez shoots over. Great play from United. How is Giggs 37 years old? What a talent he has been over the past three decades now.
    • 33' Marc Wilson tries his luck from 30 yards but shoots well wide.
    • 27' GOAL GOAL GOAL!!! 1-0 to Manchester Utd. Nani plays a low ball from the right across the six-yard box and Hernandez back-flicks the ball past Begovic at the near post. Lovely goal.
    • 22' Berbatov with a great chance! Giggs' shot takes a deflection off Ryan Shawcross on the edge of the box and the ball falls to the Bulgarian, but he shoots inches wide at the back post. He should have scored.
    • 5' Patrice Evra storms forward and finds Darron Gibson, who shoots inches wide. Good start from the home side.
    • 19.25 TEAM LINE-UPS: Manchester Utd - Kuszczak, Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Fletcher, Gibson, Giggs, Berbatov, Hernandez. SUBS: Amos, Fabio, Evans, Obertan, Anderson, Carrick, Owen. Stoke City - Begovic, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Collins, Delap, Wilson, Whitehead, Etherington, Jones, Tuncay. SUBS: Sorensen, Higginbotham, Pennant, Fuller, Walters, Pugh, Whelan.
    • 19.18 Manchester United TEAM NEWS: Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Edwin Van der Sar and Gary Neville all MISS the match, but there is a return for Nani. Chris Smalling comes in to partner Nemanja Vidic in central defence, while Javier Hernandez partners Dimitar Berbatov in attack.
    • 19:11 Good evening and welcome to tonight's clash at Old Trafford - it's Manchester United v Stoke City. A win for the home side will extend their lead at the top to three points, while Stoke could move up to sixth if they manage to secure a win.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • T. Kuszczak
      • Rafael
      • C. Smalling
      • N. Vidic
      • P. Evra
      • D. Gibson Substitution Out (78′)
      • D. Fletcher
      • Nani Goal
      • R. Giggs
      • D. Berbatov
      • J. Hernández Goal Substitution Out (79′)

      Subs

      • M. Owen Substitution In79′
      • M. Carrick Substitution In78′
      • G. Obertan
      • J. Evans
      • B. Amos
      • Anderson
      • Fábio
    • Starting line-up

      • A. Begovic
      • A. Wilkinson
      • R. Shawcross
      • R. Huth
      • D. Collins
      • D. Whitehead Goal
      • M. Wilson
      • R. Delap Substitution Out (69′)
      • T. Sanli
      • M. Etherington Substitution Out (69′)
      • K. Jones Substitution Out (76′)

      Subs

      • T. Sørensen
      • J. Pennant Substitution In69′
      • D. Higginbotham
      • D. Pugh
      • R. Fuller Substitution In76′
      • J. Walters Substitution In69′
      • G. Whelan
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