Stoke 1 Manchester United 1
Stoke City 1 Manchester United 1, Britannia Stadium, English Premier League, January 1, 2015. Manchester United came from a goal down to earn themselves a 1-1 draw away to Stoke City on New Year’s Day 2015. Ryan Shawcross put The Potters ahead after only two minutes before Radamel Falcao scored the equaliser for United in the 26th minute of the clash.
Following a 0-0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, Louis van Gaal´s Manchester United players made the short trip to Staffordshire to take on Stoke City at Britannia Stadium on Thursday the 1st of January 2015, looking to gain three important away points. In the corresponding encounter between Stoke and United at Britannia Stadium the previous season on the 1st of February 2013, The Reds had suffered a 2-1 loss against The Potters, but the Old Trafford club fared slightly better this time around. Mark Hughes´s Stoke City went into an early 1-0 lead, however, as former Liverpool and England international striker Peter Crouch headed a well taken corner from Austrian wing forward Marko Arnautovic down to former Manchester United and Royal Antwerp defender Ryan Shawcross who managed to volley the ball past away goalkeeper David de Gea and into the net already in the second minute of the match at the Britannia Stadium. The Old Trafford men gradually came back into the New Year´s Day fixture and the visitors levelled the score when Michael Carrick flicked on a Wayne Rooney corner for Colombian forward Radamel Falcao to sweep home the equalising goal following 26 minutes of action. Stoke were still dangerous from set pieces, though, and United States international Geoff Cameron almost scored a second goal for the hosts from an Arnautovic free-kick in the 29th minute of the contest, only to see his header go wide. Both teams enjoyed plenty of decent scoring opportunities during the second period, but no more goals were to be scored before the final whistle.
Hailing from the city of Santa Marta, Radamel Falcao had started his professional playing career with Colombian club Lanceros Boyaca of Tunja where the promising prospect was discovered by Argentine giants River Plate in 2005. After spending five years with The Millionaires, Falcao moved on to Portuguese team FC Porto with whom he won several honours, including the Primeira Liga in 2010-11, the Taca de Portugal in 2010 and 2011, and the UEFA Europa League in 2011. Following 41 goals in 51 Primeira Liga appearances for The Blue and Whites, the trigger happy marksman was sold to Spanish La Liga side Atletico Madrid for a transfer fee of €40 million in the summer of 2011 and went on to win both the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup with the Vicente Calderon Stadium club in 2011-12. Next stop was AS Monaco where the South American spent one season before he was shipped out on loan to Manchester United at the front end of the 2014-15 campaign. Stoke City Team: Asmir Begovic, Marc Muniesa, Erik Pieters, Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron, Glenn Whelan, Steven N’Zonzi, Jon Walters, Marko Arnautovic, Peter Crouch, Mame Biram Diouf. Substitutes: Phil Bardsley, Robert Huth, Marc Wilson, Charlie Adam, Oussama Assaidi, Ollie Shenton, Jack Butland. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Jonathan Evans, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, Juan Mata, Ashley Young. Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao, Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney. Substitutes: Rafael da Silva, Darren Fletcher, Adnan Januzaj, Tyler Blackett, Ander Herrera, James Antony Wilson, Anders Lindegaard.
Manchester United Quickfacts
Manchester United defeated Stoke City 3-0 in a First Division fixture at Victoria Ground on the 23rd of January 1982 through a goal each by Steve Coppell, Garry Birtles, and Frank Stapleton.
Manchester City 1 Manchester United 0
Manchester United 1 Crystal Palace 0
Arsenal 1 Manchester United 2
Manchester United 3 Hull City 0
Manchester United 2 Stoke City 1
Southampton 1 Manchester United 2
Manchester United 3 Liverpool 0
Aston Villa 1 Manchester United 1
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Tottenham Hotspur 0 Manchester United 0
Won: 7 Drawn: 2 Lost: 1