Stoke 1 Manchester United 1

Radamel Falcao

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.


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