Final score: Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City

  • United close the gap behind Manchester City to 12 points after easy win at Old Trafford.
  • Antonio Valencia opened the scoring on his return from injury with a vicious strike.
  • Anthony Martial added a superb second before half-time.
  • Romelu Lukaku provided fine finish for his side's third.
  • Paul Pogba turns in man of the match display to dominate the Potters.
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan left out of Manchester United squad amid transfer speculation.
Paul Pogba

Full-time: Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City


Or not. It's a poor effort that sails comfortably over the bar and the final whistle goes.


Pogba threads another ball through for McTominay but he is crudely blocked off the ball by Martins Indi. We are two minutes into injury time here and Pogba will surely be given the chance to cap a wonderful display with a goal from the free kick.


United fall asleep at the back and Diouf can chest down a lofted ball from Shaqiri inside the box. His touch takes it away from Smalling and opens up the room to shoot but De Gea again reacts well to keep it out. Diouf is onto the rebound but under pressure from Shaw, he fires wide.


Another stunning ball from Pogba frees Valencia down the right with Rashford screaming for it in the six yard area. It reaches him, but he's forced to improvise and does well to flick the ball goalbound but Butland again gets in the way.


And here's United's final change, Mata is off to make way for Scott McTominay.


Here's a couple of changes for United now, Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini on for Martial and Lingard.

Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku is in on the act.


Brilliant from Lukaku. Lingard lays off to Martial who turns and fires a pass into the Belgian, who controls it superbly on his chest 10 yards out from goal. Bringing it down, he turns inside his man, working the space to pull the trigger and does just that, firing into the bottom corner.


Goal! Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City (Romelu Lukaku, 71)


Here's Stoke's final change: Crouch is replaced by former United player Mame Biram Diouf.


Ireland is next in the book after cleaning out Mata. From the free kick, Shaw is presented with a chance to score his first ever senior goal but fires well wide.


Lukaku is taken down by Martins Indi and wins the free kick, but feels there should be more action against the Stoke defender. Instead it is him who is shown the yellow.


Now Lukaku has a go, shimmying across his man firing low towards the near post but Butland is down quickly to block.


Shaw does superbly down the left, bombing down the flank and slipping a neat pass inside two men. Lingard is on the end of it and does well to hold off his man and lay it off to Mata but he fires over the bar. Should have been three there.


Nearly a third again! Lingard's excellent pressing forces an error from Zouma at the back and Lukaku races forward. He slides the ball across to Lingard on the edge of the box, who in turn slips in Mata to his right. The Spaniard shoots across goal but his effort won't creep inside the post.


Here's a change for Stoke, Ramadan Sobhi is onto replace Choupo-Moting.


Should be three for United. Pogba emerges down the inside left and pops a ball into the middle for Martial. The Frenchman's touch lets him down however and allows Wimmer to get a block in. It nearly breaks to Lukaku who is lurking but Butland gets there first.


Lukaku can't hook a pass over for Pogba who tried a one-two with the Belgian and instead opts for the shot himself, lashing a half volley on target but it is straight at Butland.


Barely a touch for Stoke in these opening few minutes. Pogba almost frees Martial down the middle, finding his countryman's clever run inside from the left but Butland scampers out just in time to get their first.


And we are back underway for the second-half.


Half-time: Manchester United 2-0 Stoke City


Terrific save from De Gea! Right before the half-time whistle, the United goalkeeper springs down to his far post to brilliantly deny Shaqiri.


A minute of stoppage time added on here.