Full-time: Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City

  • Hosts scored in the first half for the first time in 12 home matches as pressure begins to ease on Louis van Gaal
  • Jesse Lingard headed home Cameron Borthwick-Jackson's cross to set United on their way to an extremely comfortable victory
  • Anthony Martial added a second with a superb curling shot that capped off a fine counter-attacking move
  • Captain Wayne Rooney had a goal disallowed after the break but responded quickly to tap home his seventh goal in seven matches from close range
  • Stoke's defensive injury problems mount after Philipp Wollscheid was withdrawn before the break
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney rounded off a comfortable night\'s work for United with their third goal after half-time Getty

That is it for this particular live blog, but there is just time to bring you the rest of tonight's scores from around the Premier League before we sign off:

Arsenal 0-0 Southampton

Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool

Norwich City 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Sunderland 0-1 Manchester City

West Ham United 2-0 Aston Villa

Crystal Palace 1-2 Bournemouth

West Brom 1-1 Swansea

We will be back tomorrow night for more live coverage as Watford host Chelsea and Everton face Newcastle. Until then, goodnight.


The most comfortable of victories for United, who can now travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday with something of a spring in their step as the doom and gloom surrounding Louis van Gaal's tenure begins to lift ever so slightly.

Stoke, meanwhile, are without a win in five games in all competitions and will hope to put that right at home to Roberto Martinez's Everton.



Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City


Three minutes of added time to come. Not that it's needed, mind you...


With the game long since over as a contest, Van Gaal throws on Andreas Pereira in place of Mata. This has been the most comfortable of evenings for United.


Depay comes close to a swift impact as he is picked out by Lingard after a clever pull-back. He is invited to shoot by Johnson from a difficult angle but his effort goes narrowly over.

Ireland cautioned for an obvious trip on Lingard.


Two substitutions from Van Gaal as the impressive Martial is replaced by Memphis Depay. Fellaini also looks to be struggling with a knock and Ander Herrera is on in his place.


Rumours currently doing the rounds on social media suggesting that Ryan Giggs could be in line to replace Ronny Deila at Celtic are wide of the mark. Van Gaal's assistant is absent from the bench tonight due to a family illness, apparently.


Darmian flashes a low delivery across the six-yard box that Muniesa almost touches. Martial keeps the attack alive and finds Rooney, who winds up a shot from 35 yards that flies over the crossbar.


Tidy build-up play from United again as Lingard, Mata, Rooney and Carrick all combine well. The ball ends up at the feet of Borthwick-Jackson on the left, but no-one gambles on his inviting low cross and Butland can claim.


Almost a real opportunity for Stoke to grab a consolation with 20 minutes remaining as a fine cross from Pieters is stabbed wide by Crouch at the near post. It would not have counted anyway as the referee's assistant is flagging for offside.


Good play from Arnautovic to prevent a return pass from Ireland going out of play and force a corner. Bardsley then has a tame shot from distance that Crouch almost diverts towards goal.


Stoke are really struggling to pose any attacking threat. They have played some nice, incisive football so far this season but at the moment they look hopelessly one-dimensional.


Nothing really happening just at the moment. Smart defending from Smalling to stop Walters in his tracks.


Martial in the book now too for illegally stopping the run of Bardsley. Stoke then make a second change as the anonymous Bojan is replaced by Ireland.

Boos for the former Manchester City midfielder from the home faithful.


A first yellow card of the evening is awarded to Darmian for a blatant pull on Arnautovic as the Austrian international tried to capitalise on a flicked header.


Just moments after being controversially denied, Rooney gets on the scoresheet anyway.

A fine ball forward from Blind sets Mata on the attack and with options left and right, he opts to pick out the run of Martial. The former Monaco forward then plays a simple first-time pass across the face of goal for Rooney to sidefoot home from close range.

United look utterly unrecognisable from the side that have toiled so badly at home all season. No coming back for Stoke now, surely.


Goal: Manchester United 3-0 Stoke (Wayne Rooney)


A moment of real controversy as Martial slips in Rooney and the United skipper brushes off the challenge of Johnson before beating Butland with a powerful shot at the near post.

The celebrations are cut short, however, as referee East blows up for a perceived push on the defender. That was a very late decision but the goal will not stand.


Another diagonal pass from Stoke causes problems as Arnautovic cuts inside and drifts across the edge of the 18-yard box before slicing the ball into row z.


Stoke get the second half off and running. No changes from either side at the break.


At long last some first-half entertainment at Old Trafford, but United fans will be left wondering why on earth they are not able to start matches in that fashion every week.

They have looked confident from the outset tonight, with Borthwick-Jackson producing a wonderful cross for the first goal and Martial enhancing his growing reputation with a sublime finish for the second.

Stoke, who now have yet another defensive injury to contend with, have not been short on effort and application but at the moment they look rather limited. Their long diagonal passes are causing mischief, but the lack of a killer final ball is currently proving their undoing.



Manchester United 2-0 Stoke City


Stoke have had a lot of joy with long diagonal passes tonight and Walters is only too willing to chase them down both flanks. They are still unable to work De Gea, however, as the half-time whistle sounds.