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United 4 Stoke 2

United took the three points on offer at Old Trafford this afternoon but they didn`t have everything their own way.

Sir Alex Ferguson chose to shuffle his pack choosing to bring in Valencia and Scholes (making his 400th Premier League appearance) with Kagawa and Cleverley making way.

United were slow out of the blocks and Stoke took full advantage by taking the lead. The goal came in the 11th minute after a free kick had been needlessly conceded and when the ball was swung in Shawcross failed to get a connection and the ball struck Wayne Rooney and went in.

United seemed shocked by the goal and Stoke were looking for a second. De Gea had to react smartly to keep out a effort from Adam who was proving to be a thorn in our side.

Welbeck had a chance to get United back on level terms but snatched at his shot and De Gea had to pull off a smart save from Walters to keep United in the game.

But, three minutes before half-time, and probably against the run of play, United drew level when Rooney scored his 199th United goal. The goal came after Robin Van Persie provided a great ball in and Rooney finished from six yards out.

Another move, involving Van Persie and Rooney saw Welbeck fail to convert another opportunity before, on the stroke of half time, United went ahead when a Valencia ball into the box saw Van Persie produce an arrogant flick to net.

Half Time - United 2 Stoke 1

United started the second half in fine form netting in the first minute of the half when a Rooney ball in gave Welbeck the perfect chance to score with a diving header from six yards out, this time Welbeck made no mistake.

But if United thought all the hard work had been done they were in for a rude awakening when, in the 58th minute, Kighley went on a solo run that resulted, after a ricochet, his shot beating De Gea

Thankfully, after 65 minutes United got that two goal cushion back when a cross into the danger area was met, at the far post, by Rooney, who promptly celebrated 200 goals for United.

Next up, in the Premier League, is an awesome looking strip to Stamford Bridge to take on the leaders Chelsea.




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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 20 2012

Time: 5:47PM

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A good result and great 2nd half performance but a typical first half performance from us. Another thing I find interesting from last season is the whole idea of us not taking our foot off the gas yet this season not putting our foot on the gas throughout the entirety of the first half. The team really does need to get motivated from beginning to end rather than midway though to end as it will cost us, as it has done already against spurs. Struggling to work out what our best team is and who should play against Chelsea to be honest, which is a great sign and a welcome change.
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A good result and great 2nd half performance but a typical first half performance from us. Another thing I find interesting from last season is the whole idea of us not taking our foot off the gas yet this season not putting our foot on the gas throughout the entirety of the first half. The team really does need to get motivated from beginning to end rather than midway though to end as it will cost us, as it has done already against spurs. Struggling to work out what our best team is and who should play against Chelsea to be honest, which is a great sign and a welcome change.
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