Manchester United 4 Stoke 2
Manchester United 4 Stoke City 2, Old Trafford, English Premier League, October 20, 2012. Sir Alex Ferguson complimented his players for their determination and work ethic against Stoke City. A Wayne Rooney double and a goal each by fellow strikers Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck eventually helped Manchester United to a 4-2 win over The Potters.
Manchester United now had eighteen points from eight fixtures, but The Reds remained four points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea who managed to overcome London rivals Tottenham Hotspur by 4-2 at White Hart Lane thanks to a brace from Juan Mata and a goal apiece from Gary Cahill and Daniel Sturridge. And although Sir Alex Ferguson was greatly impressed with the overall performance of his Manchester United side, the Old Trafford manager thought that they should have scored more goals than they actually did. Sir Alex Ferguson: “It was really slack play at the beginning of the match, but once we got going and we got the equaliser we certainly played some great football. We should have had more goals, but we recovered well from losing one early and I have got to be pleased with that. For Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, getting off the mark for the season will help. Rooney will get better with the games and so will Van Persie. Robin didn’t have any pre-season games and Wayne was out for a while with his injury, so the more games the better.” 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.
Manchester United Quickfacts
After losing 3-0 away against Arsenal on the opening day of the 1973-74 campaign, Manchester United beat Stoke City 1-0 in their first home fixture of the new season thanks to Steve James who netted one his rare goals for The Reds when the central defender hit the winner in the 20th minute of play.