Stoke 0 Manchester United 2
Stoke City 0 Manchester United 2, Britannia Stadium, English Premier League, September 26, 2009. Manchester United gained their fifth successive Premiership win as they defeated Stoke City 2-0 away. Dimar Berbatov gave the visiting team the lead two minutes past the hour mark before John O´Shea added a second goal with thirteen minutes left of the tie.
Table topping Manchester United had defeated Wigan Athletic 5–0, Arsenal 2–1, Tottenham Hotspur 3–1, and Manchester City 4–3 in their four previous Premier League fixtures and were strong favourites to overcome The Potters at Britannia Stadium. Antonio Valencia could have given The Reds the lead after seven minutes of play, but his right-foot effort went wide. United ultimately went ahead through a close range goal from Dimitar Berbatov on 62 minutes, while John O´Shea made the final score 2-0 to the visitors in the 77th minute. Stoke City Team: Thomas Sorensen, Danny Collins, Abdoulaye Faye, Robert Huth, Ryan Shawcross, Rory Delap, Matthew Etherington, Liam Lawrence, Glenn Whelan, Dean Whitehead, Dave Kitson. Substitutes: Danny Higginbotham, Andy Wilkinson, Leon Cort, Danny Pugh, James Beattie, Tuncay Sanli, Steve Simonsen. Manchester United Team: Ben Foster, John O’Shea, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Antonio Valencia, Patrice Evra, Darren Fletcher, Luis Nani, Paul Scholes, Dimitar Berbatov, Wayne Rooney. Substitutes: Gary Neville, Oliveira Anderson, Jonny Evans, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen, Tomasz Kuszczak.
Dimitar Berbatov Quickfacts
Dimitar Berbatov´s first Premier League goal for Manchester United came in a 4–0 victory against newly promoted West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on the 18th of October 2008.