Stoke 2 Manchester United 2
Stoke City 2 Manchester United 2, The bet365 Stadium. English Premier League, September 9, 2017. After winning their three opening games of the season, Jose Mourinho´s men were held to a surprise 2-2 draw against Stoke City. Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored both goals for The Potters, while Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku netted for United.
Stoke and Manchester United had played out a 1-1 draw in the corresponding meeting of the 2016-17 campaign with Wayne Rooney registering a stoppage time equaliser after Juan Mata had scored an early own goal. Jose Mourinho´s side had got off to an excellent start to the 2017-18 term with convincing victories over West Ham United, Swansea City, and Leicester City, and found themselves top of the Premier League table. The Staffordshire club, for their part, had overcome Arsenal, drawn against West Bromwich Albion, and been defeated by Everton, and were sitting in fifteenth place in the top-flight standings. Although Manchester United dominated from the beginning, it was Mark Hughes´s Stoke who went ahead when former Schalke frontman Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting converted a fine cross delivered by previous Old Trafford forward Mame Biram Diouf in the 43rd minute of the encounter. But The Reds equalised shortly afterwards as midfield combatant Paul Pogba nodded a flag-kick on to Three Lions international Marcus Rashford who headed home during first period stoppage-time. Former Everton favourite Romelu Lukaku then handed Manchester United the lead for the first time in the match in the 57th minute when the big striker found the back of the net after Stoke and England goalkeeper Jack Butland had failed to hold his first shot, only for the irrepressible Choupo-Moting to score his second goal for the hosts with a header from a corner three minutes past the hour mark. Stoke City Team: Jack Butland, Erik Pieters, Kevin Wimmer, Kurt Zouma, Geoff Cameron, Joe Allen, Darren Fletcher, Xherdan Shaqiri, Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Mame Biram Diouf, Jese Rodriguez. Substitutes: Ramadan Sobhi, Josh Tymon, Bruno Martins Indi, Charlie Adam, Saido Berahino, Peter Crouch, Lee Grant. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Eric Bailly, Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford. Substitutes: Daley Blind, Anthony Martial, Chris Smalling, Michael Carrick, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Sergio Romero.
Manchester United Quickfacts
Manchester United rescued a 2-2 draw against Stoke City at Victoria Ground on the 28th of February 1970 thanks to a penalty goal from Willie Morgan with eleven minutes left of normal time.