Full-time: Manchester United 1-1 Stoke

  • Struggling Stoke secure their first away point at Old Trafford since December 1980 courtesy of Joe Allen's late equaliser
  • Manchester United dominated for the most part, but could not find a way past the impressive Lee Grant until Jose Mourinho turned the tide with a double substitution
  • Anthony Martial broke the deadlock after 69 minutes by curling an excellent first-time strike into the top corner after Geoff Cameron had dispossessed Wayne Rooney
  • The hosts created other opportunities to extend their lead before being punished for their profligate finishing when Allen, who was initially doubtful due to a hamstring injury, turned home his second goal in as many games from close range after David De Gea failed to cope with a deflected shot from Glen Johnson
  • Paul Pogba then headed Marcus Rashford's cross against the bar as Jose Mourinho's side searched in vain for a winning goal
  • Draw ends sixth-place United's run of three consecutive victories in all competitions
  • Stoke's second straight 1-1 draw moves them off the bottom of the table but they are still yet to win a top-flight game so far this season
Joe Allen
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I will also be back shortly to keep you fully abreast of goings on at Turf Moor, where Arsene Wenger celebrates two decades in charge of Arsenal against newly-promoted Burnley.

Goodbye for now.



So a real smash and grab effort from Stoke at the end there, but Hughes won't mind one bit as he seeks to restore confidence after such a dismal start to the season. Allen's late equaliser will provide a much-needed boost for all concerned heading into the international break, although that first win needs to come soon.

Mourinho, meanwhile, will wonder how his side were unable to secure their fourth successive victory in all competitions. They were comfortably the superior team, particularly throughout the first half, and created numerous opportunities to put the game to bed. However, a combination of lacklustre finishing and great goalkeeping from Grant has ultimately cost them two points.



Manchester United 1-1 Stoke


Rooney drives forward but elects to lay the ball wide for Valencia rather than take on a shot himself. The Ecuadorian's cross is headed away by Martins Indi and the full-time whistle sounds.


Shawcross makes a crucial block and United have a corner in stoppage time. Nothing comes of it, however, as Pogba is rightly penalised for climbing on his marker.


Hughes sends on ex-United defender Phil Bardsley for Shaqiri. Four minutes of added time for Stoke to hold out.



Rashford delivers an absolute peach of a cross for Pogba, who crashes a header against the crossbar. So close.


United, who have introduced Memphis in place of Herrera, come roaring back and Grant saves Ibrahimovic's latest effort after the Swede is set up by Pogba.


The away end erupts into a hearty rendition of 'Delilah' as Stoke net an equaliser against the run of play.

Johnson's deflected shot is spilled in uncharacteristically sloppy fashion by De Gea and Walters keeps the attack alive with a ball back across goal that deflects off the crossbar.

Crouch is unable to apply the necessary finishing touch, but Allen is on hand to fire home from close range.

Joe Allen
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Jose Mourinho
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Goal: Manchester United 1-1 Stoke (Joe Allen)


Shawcross body checks Martial and Rooney's low, right-footed free-kick is well held by Grant.


Arnautovic requires treatment on an apparent knee injury after being caught by Herrera. He looks to be struggling and is quickly replaced by Walters.

Crouch also comes on for the largely ineffective Bony, whose confidence-sapping goal drought will continue for another week at least.

Stoke need him to become far more effective. Quickly.

Marko Arnautovic
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After enjoying arguably their most positive spell of the afternoon, Stoke are now on the ropes. A vital block from Martins Indi prevents compatriot Blind from adding to the lead.


Mourinho's double attacking change swiftly pays off. The ball is played towards Rooney and Cameron's attempted interception rolls into the path of Martial, who curls a first-time shot into the top corner with his right foot.

Excellent strike.

Anthony Martial
Anthony Martial
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Goal: Manchester United 1-0 Stoke (Anthony Martial)


Ibrahimovic, faced down by Whelan, becomes frustrated with a lack of movement in behind Stoke's backline and produces his own low shot that goes narrowly wide.


Lingard tees up Herrera for a fizzing low drive that flies agonisingly wide of Grant's right-hand post.

Rooney and Martial replace Mata and Lingard.


Stoke are winning plenty of free-kicks in dangerous areas but again they fail to take advantage. Rooney and Martial are both preparing to come on for United.


Ibrahimovic is cautioned for leading with the elbow during another uncompromising aerial duel with Shawcross.

Pogba and Mata try their luck with long-distance shots that are both dealt with by Grant.

An hour gone at Old Trafford and we are still goalless. Clear signs of frustration from United are now beginning to show. Could this be an opportunity for Stoke to improve their wretched record on this ground?


Stoke piece together their most promising move of the match so far. Shaqiri and Arnautovic combine to set up Allen, but the former Liverpool midfielder's low shot lacks power and is comfortably collected by De Gea.

That was a really promising attack and deserved a better finish.


A moment of controversy now as Herrera's studs make contact with the thigh of Allen in an ugly challenge. He is punished with a yellow card but so easily could have been sent off.


Shaqiri's latest free-kick is headed away and Whelan overruns the ball before providing a weak cross that is intercepted.

United then look to break quickly but Grant races off his line to clear.