Saturday September 24, 2011 Day 6 Finished Britannia Stadium

Stoke City 1 - 1 Manchester United

  • Crouch 52’
  • Nani 27’

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  1. Stoke halt United's perfect start

    Stoke halt United's perfect start

    Stoke claimed a first Premier League point against Manchester United courtesy of Peter Crouch's equaliser in a frantic 1-1 draw. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Stoke City
    • Manchester United
    • 90+4' There goes the final whistle! A 1-1 draw. Probably the right result on the day. Thanks for joining us this evening.
    • 90+3' Anderson flicks the ball into the path of Owen, who is offside as his shot is saved by Begovic.
    • 90+2' Change for Stoke as Pennant is hauled off to be replaced by Jerome.
    • 90+1' Giggs somehow misses the volley from five yards out after a lovely cross from Nani! How did he miss that? Chance for a third straight goal from Giggs has gone.
    • 89' Four minutes then to be added to a frantic contest in the Premier League.
    • 88' Nani gives the ball away out wide and Wilson clears. Ferguson wants the ball in the Stoke box in these dying moments.
    • 87' Stoke fans in full voice as they get set to celebrate collecting their first point in the Premier League from United. Fletcher on the ball for United.
    • 86' Stoke boss Tony Pulis out on the touchline demanding that extra bit of effort from his side. Whitehead tries to pick up the loose ball, but United have the goalkick.
    • 85' Crouch muscles Valencia off the ball at the back post. Can't quite apply the finish this time, but he has caused United no end of trouble as the shot goes wide.
    • 84' Huth matches the run of Owen as Begovic slides out to collect the ball before launching it long.
    • 83' Dean Whitehead replaces Rory Delap for Stoke.
    • 82' United face dropping their first Premier League points of the season unless they can discover a goal from somewhere. Not easy to see where it is going to come from.
    • 81' Etherington with this corner. Crouch rises, but heads wide. Jones does enough to put off Crouch, but that is another chance for the home side.
    • 80' Wilkinson departs to be replaced by Robert Huth for Stoke.
    • 79' Ferdinand forced to knock the ball behind for a corner. Meanwhile, Wilkinson is down and needing some treatment.
    • 78' Giggs trying to open his box of tricks on a mazy run, but Shawcross just bundles the ball out of the danger area. Uncompromising stuff.
    • 77' United with 57% of possession, but it has been an even contest in terms of the pressure. Stoke have looked comfortable sitting deep and hitting on the break.
    • 76' Walters throws up a high ball looking for the head of Crouch, but De Gea is on hand to collect the cross ball.
    • 75' Jones this time with the cross, but Owen can only head over the bar. Goalkick to the home side.
    • 74' Delap heads away the corner by Giggs. Owen can't get on the end of Giggs' ball seconds later. United trying to turn the screw.
    • 73' A fine effort from Nani deflects over the bar from outside of the box, and United earn another corner.
    • 72' Pennant throws over a fine cross, but De Gea keeps his eye on the prize to clutch the ball.
    • 71' Anderson on the ball for United. Giggs's cross is knocked away by Pennant before Begovic comes out to punch clear the corner.
    • 70' Just looking back at that incident. Ball seemed to be travelling at some speed when it hit Shawcross's arm from Evra's shot. Would have been difficult to give the spot-kick.
    • 69' Evra the latest man to be in the wars. He is needing a spot of treatment.
    • 68' Changes then for United as Welbeck replaces Young and Giggs comes on for Berbatov.
    • 67' Begovic makes a fine save from Young as United pile on the pressure. Claims for a penalty against a Stoke defender's hand from a shot by Evra, but offside is given instead.
    • 66' Wilson thumps the free-kick through the middle. Stinging shot, but De Gea stands tall to make the save. Fine effort, but United survive.
    • 65' Valencia deemed to have caught Walters with a high boot. Free-kick here for Stoke on the edge of the United box. What a chance this is for Stoke.
    • 64' Stoke pressing the game so high up. Berbatov goes down under the challenge of Woodgate in the box, but the referee doesn't want to know.
    • 63' A change coming here for United with Danny Welbeck about to be introduced. Ryan Giggs could also be seeing some action soon.
    • 62' Crouch goes in on De Gea after Pennant seemed to be pushed by Anderson. That United defence looking none too convincing.
    • 61' Wilson unleashes a shot from 30 yards out. Never really going to test De Gea with that effort. Well wide. United have the goalkick.
    • 60' Pennant cuts to the byline, but his cross is just too deep for his team-mates.
    • 59' Jones on another maruading run from deep, but he has his pocket picked by the home defence. Stoke can break.
    • 58' United missing the pairing of Rooney and Hernandez. Anderson goes for goal with a shot from 22 yards, but easy take for Begovic in the home goal.
    • 57' Etherington on the run, but he is chased by Evra. Stoke happy to go backwards. Stoke seeking their first Premier League point from the English champions.
    • 56' Pennant to Wilkinson. Fine cross into the middle, but Walters was offside. Stoke rampant at the moment.
    • 55' Nani on another fine run. Does well to pick out Berbatov, but he loses the ball and Stoke survive that latest attack.
    • 54' Another chance for Crouch! Lovely ball from Pennant evades Ferdinand. Crouch in, but his shot clips off the arm of De Gea before falling behind.
    • 53' Berbatov fires in a shot from distance, but straight down the throat of Begovic.
    • 52' What was De Gea doing? He seemed stuck on his line and has paid the price. Should have came for that ball, but that is Crouch's first goal against United.
    • 51' GOAL!! Crouch scores for Stoke!! Super corner from Etherington and Crouch rises to head beyond De Gea from close range. 1-1.
    • 50' Young tries to pick out Owen in the area, but Stoke deal well with the danger before Young catches Wilkinson late.
    • 49' Nani and Fletcher competing with some relish for the ball in the midfield alongside Whelan of Stoke. United pick up the ball moments later.
    • 48' News of Hernandez for you. The striker has a dead leg after that early challenge in this match.
    • 47' Etherington whips over the dead ball, but there are no takers on hand in the area. United back on the ball.
    • 46' Off we go then with this second half as Evra immediately fouls Pennant.
    • 45+4' There goes the whistle for half-time. United lead 1-0. Great goal from Nani to give his side the advantage. Join us for the second period.
    • 45+2' Crouch wins a header above Evra before United smack the ball out of their area. Walters then penalised for a high boot in a challenge with Jones.
    • 44' We are into four minutes of time added on in the half for that early injury to Hernandez.
    • 43' Another fine run by Jones. Good shot, but Shawcross stands firm to block for a corner. Young's corner comes to nothing.
    • 42' Crouch and Jones battle for the ball, but United collect. Crowd a bit quieter which will suit the visitors, who decide to keep the ball.
    • 41' We are slowly nudging towards the break and that one moment of quality from Nani is all that splits these sides. Very little in this match.
    • 40' Walters throws over the cross. Decent delivery, but just too much on it to pick out the run of Crouch with Pennant coming in on the blind side.
    • 39' Nani with the probing cross, but Shawcross is on hand to nod the ball out. Nani clips a weak ball straight through to Begovic seconds later.
    • 38' Etherington to Crouch, but a poor backheel gives the ball straight back to United.
    • 37' Jones really catching the eye for United in defence. He has the ability to aid attacks too. Nani runs the ball out of play. Stoke have a throw-in.
    • 36' Pennant's corner is cleared by Fletcher. A few claims for hands against the Man United midfielder, but United survive that moment.
    • 35' Jones makes the tackle on Walters and Stoke have another corner kick.
    • 34' Pennant with a cross. De Gea found wanting from the high ball as Woodgate nods over from close range. Delap blocking De Gea on the line.
    • 33' Poor defending by United, and De Gea dives to fist the drive by Walters behind his goal. What a save! United thankful to De Gea today.
    • 32' Walters tries to break for the home side. Etherington then on the ball for Stoke, but United have the bodies back.
    • 31' Crouch wins a header in the box. Ferdinand nods out before Delap drills a shot wide of the goal. Stoke certainly not lacking energy.
    • 30' Golden chance for the second goal of the game! Shawcross with an awful passback towards Begovic. He hesitates under pressure from Young, but Nani can only lift the ball over the bar. What a chance gone.
    • 29' Stoke not exactly going route one here. Wilson then launches one. Crouch wins it, but the header goes back to De Gea.
    • 28' Fine tackle by Fletcher as he tracks back to make the tackle on Etherington. Stoke pick up the second ball, but quickly surrender possession.
    • 27' United have taken time to get going, but they are suddenly looking dangerous on the deck. What do Stoke have in their locker.
    • 26' What a stop! Stunning shot by Wilkinson on the run, but the Spanish keeper dives to tip the ball over his bar. Fabulous stuff from De Gea.
    • 25' GOAL!! Nani scores for United. Fine finish and the visitors have the lead!! Lovely one-two with Fletcher before slamming a low shot beyond Begovic. Super move.
    • 24' Owen chasing lost causes up front before Begovic knocks the ball down the park. United trying to get their passing game going.
    • 23' Nani and Young have not been seen much so far. That is probably due to the decent play of Stoke. Crouch guilty of more foul play. United have it.
    • 22' Etherington's free-kick is nodded away before the ball makes its way through to De Gea seconds later. Bit of a quieter spell after that frantic start.
    • 21' Anderson takes out Pennant moments later. At least he is back on his feet and seems to be moving ok.
    • 20' Another break in the proceedings as Pennant hobbles off the park. Stoke give the ball back to De Gea in the United goal as we get going.
    • 19' Suddenly Pennant is down clutching his right knee. Not sure what happened there. Seemed to slip and could be a twist.
    • 18' United would go back to the top of the table on goal difference from City with a draw, but a win would give them a two-point cushion. Stoke have started pretty well, it must be said.
    • 17' United with a corner to be flighted in by Anderson. Berbatov meets the corner, but he can only head wide. Goalkick to the home side.
    • 16' Walters to Wilson, but again United hold firm as Ferdinand mops up. United trying to get their attackers into the game.
    • 15' Pennant with a hopeful cross, but Jones is well positioned to deal with the trouble and head clear. Berbatov complaining about foul play by Wilkinson.
    • 14' Poor play really by Crouch. There was no need for him to be pushing there. Stoke with the goalkick seconds later.
    • 13' Delap with another long throw. United get the ball behind for a corner before Crouch is guilty of pushing Jones in the box from Etherington's delivery.
    • 12' Stoke well up for this one as you would expect. Has not exactly been a quiet start to this match. Delap tries to pick out Wilkinson, but Nani is across to cover the run. Another throw-in on its way.
    • 11' Great run from Jones hands United a corner, but Young's delivery is poor. Meanwhile, Michael Owen has been brought on for the injured Hernandez.
    • 10' He dries the ball with a towel before hurling it towards Shawcross. Ball breaks to Pennant, but United scramble the ball clear.
    • 9' Wilkinson on the charge for Stoke, but Young does well to come back to make the tackle. Here comes a Delap special...
    • 8' Delap whacks the ball away from Jones's header after a fine free-kick delivery by Anderson. Meanwhile, Hernandez has gone off the park again. Not looking good for him.
    • 7' Whelan clatters Evra with a late challenge. He is rightly booked for that two-footed tackle. Poor tackle.
    • 6' Wayne Rooney has apparently been on Twitter saying that he is "gutted" to be missing this one. United don't want to be losing another striker today.
    • 5' United boss Sir Alex Ferguson looking none too happy with that decision. He is shaking his head. Hernandez back on his feet after getting some treatment.
    • 4' Woodgate and Hernandez challenge for the ball. Looked like a penalty, but nothing doing. Begovic came off his line with Woodgate beaten and Hernandez is injured. Bad collision with the keeper when he went down.
    • 3' De Gea comes off his line to get a hand to the ball. Not overly convincing, but United eventually deal with the trouble before Wilson's long ball is taken by De Gea.
    • 2' Early corner for Stoke, but Etherington's cross ball seconds later is blocked by Valencia. Delap with a long throw-in.
    • 1' United get his one off and running. United in changed blue shirts today.
    • 17.25 Teams coming out for this one. What at atmopshere at the Britannia for this one. Can Manchester United return to the top of the table ahead of City? Let us find out.
    • 17.20 Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is not a critic of Stoke's robust style of play. "I've never criticised it (Stoke's style of play). It's never been a problem for us. Everyone plays to their strengths. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. You see the progress the team is making. They have signed two or three players, they are playing European football and having a right go. They have a great attitude and their support is brilliant. I love the atmosphere there."
    • 17.15 Javier Hernandez has scored three goals in the two appearances he has made against Stoke and netted in the 27th minute of both games.
    • 17:10 United goalkeeper David de Gea has made 30 saves this season – more than any other goalkeeper. Stoke’s Asmir Begovic has made 25 – the second-most.
    • 17:05 United have won their opening five league matches of the season for the first time ever under Alex Ferguson and only the fourth time in the top flight after 1908-09, 1946-47 and 1985-86. Only once in their top flight history have they won their first six league matches of the season – in 1985-86.
    • 17:00 This is Stoke's third consecutive PL home match against Big Four opposition. They have already drawn 0-0 with Chelsea and beaten Liverpool 1-0. They are unbeaten in their last five Premier League home matches against these clubs, conceding only two goals, since a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in October 2010.
    • 16:55 STOKE: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Woodgate, Wilson, Pennant, Delap, Whelan, Etherington, Walters, Crouch... Subs: Sorensen, Huth, Whitehead, Upson, Shotton, Jerome, Palacios. /// MAN UTD: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Nani, Anderson, Fletcher, Young, Berbatov, Hernandez... Subs: Lindegaard, Owen, Giggs, Park, Welbeck, Fabio Da Silva, Valencia... Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)
    • 16:50 The big news here is that Wayne Rooney is OUT for Manchester United. The England striker is not even on the bench as he has a slight hamstring strain. He scored nine goals in the opening five Premier League games of the season. Chris Smalling is also left out.
    • 16:45 Welcome to LIVE coverage of Stoke City v Manchester United from the Britannia Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' Giggs somehow misses the volley from five yards out after a lovely cross from Nani! How did he miss that? Chance for a third straight goal from Giggs has gone.
    • 81' Etherington with this corner. Crouch rises, but heads wide. Jones does enough to put off Crouch, but that is another chance for the home side.
    • 66' Wilson thumps the free-kick through the middle. Stinging shot, but De Gea stands tall to make the save. Fine effort, but United survive.
    • 54' Another chance for Crouch! Lovely ball from Pennant evades Ferdinand. Crouch in, but his shot clips off the arm of De Gea before falling behind.
    • 51' GOAL!! Crouch scores for Stoke!! Super corner from Etherington and Crouch rises to head beyond De Gea from close range. 1-1.
    • 43' Another fine run by Jones. Good shot, but Shawcross stands firm to block for a corner. Young's corner comes to nothing.
    • 34' Pennant with a cross. De Gea found wanting from the high ball as Woodgate nods over from close range. Delap blocking De Gea on the line.
    • 33' Poor defending by United, and De Gea dives to fist the drive by Walters behind his goal. What a save! United thankful to De Gea today.
    • 30' Golden chance for the second goal of the game! Shawcross with an awful passback towards Begovic. He hesitates under pressure from Young, but Nani can only lift the ball over the bar. What a chance gone.
    • 26' What a stop! Stunning shot by Wilkinson on the run, but the Spanish keeper dives to tip the ball over his bar. Fabulous stuff from De Gea.
    • 25' GOAL!! Nani scores for United. Fine finish and the visitors have the lead!! Lovely one-two with Fletcher before slamming a low shot beyond Begovic. Super move.
    • 16:55 STOKE: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Woodgate, Wilson, Pennant, Delap, Whelan, Etherington, Walters, Crouch... Subs: Sorensen, Huth, Whitehead, Upson, Shotton, Jerome, Palacios. /// MAN UTD: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Nani, Anderson, Fletcher, Young, Berbatov, Hernandez... Subs: Lindegaard, Owen, Giggs, Park, Welbeck, Fabio Da Silva, Valencia... Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

Team Line-up & Ratings

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      6.6 7
      Defenders
      Substitution Out83′ 5.7 7
      6 7
      5.8 7
      6 7
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out85′ 6.2 7
      Yellow Card 5.6 7
      Substitution Out90′ 6.2 7
      6 7
      Strikers
      5.9 7
      Goal 6.6 8
      Subs
      Substitution In83′ 5.4 -
      Substitution In85′ 5.3 -
      Substitution In90′ 5.3 -
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      7.1 7
      Defenders
      6 6
      5.3 6
      6.4 7
      6.1 7
      Midfielders
      6 7
      5.8 7
      Goal 7 8
      Substitution Out70′ 6.4 5
      Strikers
      Substitution Out70′ 5.6 4
      Substitution Out11′ 5.9 5
      Subs
      Substitution In11′ 6 5
      Substitution In70′ 5.6 -
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