Stoke 2 Manchester United 2

Romelu Lukaku

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.


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