Manchester United 4 Stoke 2
Manchester United 4 Stoke City 2, Old Trafford, English Premier League, October 20, 2012. Manchester United overcame Stoke City by a comfortable 4–2 margin at Old Trafford. And even though the aggressively committed away team gave a reasonably good account of themselves, the red shirted men proved far too strong for the overworked visitors in the end.
After a long international break, Manchester United were back in action as they played host to Stoke City at Old Trafford. Totally against the run of play, the Britannia Stadium club went ahead thanks to a rare own goal from Wayne Rooney in the eleventh minute of the high scoring English Premier League encounter. The England international redeemed himself, however, when he converted a fine cross from fellow forward Robin van Persie to make it 1-1 in the 27th minute of action. Then, in the last minute of the first period, Manchester United edged in front as rocket heeled flankman Valencia brilliantly crossed for the always dangerous Van Persie who netted from close range. Only a minute after the resumption, the Old Trafford troops eventually went on to score their third goal of the afternoon when Rooney found fellow Three Lions player Danny Welbeck whose powerful diving header flew into the back of the net leaving helpless Bosnia and Herzegovina goalkeeper Asmir Begovic with no chance to save whatsoever. After the morale sapping Manchester United charge, The Potters found enough composure to reduce the deficit as England U21 international winger Michael Kightly hammered home in the 58th minute of the fixture, only for the red shirts to restore their two goal lead when a well taken flag kick from Van the Man was poked into the net by Wazza after 65 minutes of fierce action. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Rafael da Silva, Jonathan Evans, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Antonio Valencia, Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Robin van Persie. Substitutes: Anders Lindegaard, Scott Wootton, Oliveira Anderson, Ryan Giggs, Luis Nani, Nick Powell, Javier Hernandez. Stoke City Team: Asmir Begovic, Robert Huth, Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron, Marc Wilson, Charlie Adam, Steven N’Zonzi, Dean Whitehead, Michael Kightly, Jon Walters, Peter Crouch. Substitutes: Thomas Sorensen, Andy Wilkinson, Matthew Upson, Matthew Etherington, Wilson Palacios, Kenwyne Jones, Michael Owen.