Stoke 1 Manchester United 1
Stoke City 1 Manchester United 1, Britannia Stadium, English Premier League, September 24, 2011. Manchester United remained on top of the table despite being held to a disappointing 1-1 draw against Stoke City. Luis Nani put United in front in the 27th minute of proceedings before Peter Crouch equalised for The Potters seven minutes into the second half.
Key players Michael Carrick, Jonathan Evans, and Wayne Rooney were all notable absentees from Sir Alex Ferguson´s Manchester United team which could only manage a 1-1 draw against Tony Pulis´s Stoke City at Britannia Stadium. Sir Alex Ferguson: “Manchester United experienced a nightmare training session on Friday with Michael Carrick, Jonathan Evans, and Wayne Rooney all pulling up. Evans thought that he might be all-right, but in the warm-up he was of no use so we had to make that change. Then we lost Javier Hernandez and the penetration and speed he gives us, but we still had chances to win the match.” Stoke City Team: Asmir Begovic, Andy Wilkinson, Ryan Shawcross, Jonathan Woodgate, Rory Delap, Marc Wilson, Matthew Etherington, Jermaine Pennant, Glenn Whelan, Jonathan Walters, Peter Crouch. Substitutes: Thomas Sorensen, Robert Huth, Ryan Shotton, Matthew Upson, Wilson Palacios, Dean Whitehead, Cameron Jerome. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Patrice Evra, Oliveira Anderson, Darren Fletcher, Luis Nani, Dimitar Berbatov, Javier Hernandez. Substitutes: Anders Lindegaard, Fabio da Silva, Ryan Giggs, Ji-Sung Park, Federico Macheda, Michael Owen, Danny Welbeck.