FT: Manchester United 3 Stoke 2

90+5
And that's it! United beat Stoke City 3-2. You can feel the relief around Old Trafford. David Moyes claims a vital three points.

90+4
Carrick intervenes as Stoke looked for a moment like they had found an opening.

90+2
A few anxious groans from the home fans as Adam goes down inside the United area. No penalty.

90
We will have five minutes of added time.

89
Excellent defending by Rooney who casually heads the ball back to De Gea from 8-yards. Cool stuff from Rooney.

88
United might not be done yet. Valencia wins a free-kick after charging forward.

87
Januzaj then receives a short corner, works an opening on his left foot but it's high and wide.

86
Januzaj wins United another corner. He's changed the game for United.

85
Kagawa tracks N'Zonzi well and United win the ball back. Stoke still happy to push forward in pursuit of an equaliser.

84
Credit to United but two lapses in concentration from Stoke could be costly. Pieters concedes a foul.

82
Ireland off Adam on.

80
GOAL! Hernandez heads past Begovic and home. Delightful ball from Evra. What a comeback! It appeared unlikely.

78
Stoke respond well and Whelan can't quite deliver in time. Kagawa is on the charge.

78
GOAL! Rooney flicks Van Persie's corner into the top corner. Great delivery, great header. Where was the marking?

76
Rooney wanting the ball in deep areas all the time now. Valencia's cross is cleared. Corner to United.

75
Smalling off. Valencia on.

73
Just over 15 minutes remaining and United still seeing plenty of the ball in the Stoke final third. The problem appears to be their final ball and tempo.

71
Rooney sets Januzaj up at the other end but his strike is blocked. Gaps starting to appear at either end.

70
Kagawa tucking in behind the forwards when he can but there isn't enough room for him at the moment.

69
Januzaj with a cracking ball in with his left foot but Van Persie is well marshalled by Huth.

69
Januzaj wins another free-kick. The home side must do better when they have these opportunities though.

68
Palacios off Whelan on.

68
Hernandez receives a yellow card straight away for a tackle on Huth.

67
Cleverley off Hernandez on.

67
Wilson for a foul on Jones.

67
Januzaj has made an instant impact but his cross-shot is blocked.

65
Walters looking dangerous marked by only one Manchester United defender. He can't reach Begovic's throw though.

64
Palacios fouls Januzaj.

63
United probing but Stoke are being stubborn. Januzaj with a lovely ball to Cleverley and they claim a corner.

64
Ireland with another late one on Januzaj. Yellow card.

63
Smalling with a needless foul on N'Zonzi. United appearing to lack ideas at the moment.

61
Ireland attacking down the left and he wins Stoke a throw. Stoke still leading 2-1.

60
Nani off Januzaj on for the home side. Big cheers from the United supporters.

58
Van Persie's free-kick hits the wall. Cleverley crosses straight into Begovic's hands.

57
Free-kick to United on the edge of the box. Cleverley was chopped down. Good play from the United midfielder.

56
Januzaj about to come on for United.

55
Crouch is taken out by Smalling on halfway and Stoke have possession again.

53
Huth with an excellent header away. It looked like Rooney had picked someone out in the middle.

52
N'Zonzi does well in front of the back four once more. United win a corner though.

51
Arnautovic feeling unwell, according to reports.

50
Ireland with a late one on Carrick. No yellow card this time though.

50
Stoke set up exactly the same as in the first half. Cleverley can't keep hold of possession this time.

49
Arnautovic off Wilson on.

49
Arnautovic is down with a knock but United elect to play on. Nani eventually kicks the ball out.

47
Evra with time and space down the left but he hits his cross long and Stoke break.

47
Nani trying his best down the right but there is no way past Pieters.

46
Yellow card In the tunnel for Shawcross and Crouch at the break.

46
Stoke get the second period going.

45+3
The whistle goes and there appears to be a spot of trouble between Van Persie and a couple of the Stoke players as the teams leave the pitch. Stoke lead at the break. 2-1.

45+1
Rooney floats a free-kick in but Van Persie and Cameron are squaring up.

45
GOAL! Arnautovic whips one past De Gea and into the top corner. Fantastic strike.

44
Jones concedes a free-kick on the edge of the area. Can Stoke score again?

43
GOAL! Van Persie converts from close range after Rooney's header was saved by Begovic. Nani it was with the cross.

42
Van Persie, strangely, can't make the most of a set piece in a wide area.

40
CHANCE! Arnautovic hits over after Pieters' initial cross to Crouch was cleared.

39
Smalling does well down the right with the help of Nani and United have a corner. Van Persie delivers but that man Crouch is back to clear.

38
United giving the ball away for fun at the moment. Moyes heads towards the technical area.

37
N'Zonzi starts a Stoke attack and Arnautovic wins a corner.

36
Rooney punches the floor as he wins United a free-kick. Carrick then gives it away but Jones heads away from Crouch just in time.

34
Signs that United might be about to start a spell of pressure. Rooney's corner is fisted away by Begovic.

33
Rooney decides to have a go himself again and Begovic flicks over. Great play.

32
Arnautovic has a half chance but De Gea gets down well.

30
Jeers from the home side as Nani wastes another shot at goal.

29
Corner for United. Can they make this count? Sense of worry around Old Trafford at the moment. Headed away by Crouch.

28
One long ball from the back caused all kinds of problems for the United defence then. Nani has a go from distance. Wide.

27
CHANCE! Walters strike is saved superbly by De Gea after Crouch's head down.

26
Offside against Kagawa when it appeared that he had got around the back of Stoke's defence.

25
Evans joins in the United attack but he fizzes a ball into Cleverley inside the area and he has no chance with that one.

23
Rooney decides to have a go himself but it's wide of Begovic's post.

23
Nani plays the ball into Kagawa but excellent defending from Huth. Goal kick.

21
Rooney and Kagawa interchanging well but Stoke's shape is good. Hughes has clearly worked well with his squad this week. Van Persie then fires one over.

19
Huth stands his ground well as United look to force a way through again. No luck though.

18
Evans has a swing from a Rooney corner but he can't connect properly. Stoke clear again.

17
Begovic looks long for Crouch but this time it goes straight through to De Gea.

15
United with the ball outside Stoke City's penalty area but it is very predictable so far from the champions.

14
CHANCE! Crouch again. Arnautovic skins Smalling and Walters' nod back is prodded over by Crouch.

14
Van Persie is then flagged offside after a quick ball from Carrick.

13
Nani is down with a knock. He hasn't always produced that killer ball but he certainly looks lively.

12
Stoke looking comfortable. Happy to let United have the ball in deep areas.

11
Smalling this time has a go down the right but he needs to feed Rooney with a better ball than that.

9
Shawcross dealing with the long balls up towards Rooney and Van Persie very comfortably.

8
Evra then cuts back to Nani but it is very high and over.

7
Nani makes good progress down the right but Van Persie's shot is blocked.

7
Nani then whips one in towards Rooney but Begovic claims.

6
At the other end Nani goes down in the area but that won't be a penalty.

6
Stoke charge forward again. N'Zonzi with a ball into the box but it is cleared this time.

4
GOAL! Crouch converts from close range. Terrible defending down United's right. De Gea saves the first attempt but is powerless to stop the goal. 1-0 Stoke.

3
CHANCE! Van Persie leaves Shawcross and his shot is cleared off the line. Cameron was the defender.

2
Ireland looks like the one who will support Crouch when he can. He picks up on a Cleverley mistake straight away.

1
United get us started and they will attack the Stretford End.

Out come the players. When these two teams met last season in the Premier League at Old Trafford, United won 4-2.

The players are in the tunnel. You get the impression that United need a run of wins if they are going to have any chance of retaining their title.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes claims United are 'vulnerable at the moment' and 'can't afford any more slip-ups'. But his Potters have lost their way in recent games and have failed to find the net in their last three matches, losing to Norwich and Fulham before holding West Brom to a goalless draw. The omens are good for the hosts as United have won all five of their previous Premier League home games against Stoke. City, meanwhile, have lost more Premier League games against United than versus any other side - nine in total.

Manchester United will be looking to keep their midweek momentum going when they tackle Stoke City at Old Trafford. David Moyes' men secured a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in the Champions League on Wednesday night to ease the pain of conceding a late equaliser in their 1-1 draw with visiting Southampton last weekend. The defending champions lie in eighth place in the Premier League table having already lost three of their opening eight league games.

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The champions have been heavily backed against Stoke to put an end to their indifferent Old Trafford form. United have only dropped two points in 10 Premier League meetings against the Potters and have a 100 per cent home record. United have won their last three games against today's visitors by two goals and its 3/1 for a repeat, while Rooney to net first is 7/2.

Stoke City subs: Sorensen, Whelan, Jones, Wilson, Adam, Assaidi, Wilkinson.

Manchester United subs: Lindegaard, Rafael, Fellaini, Januzaj, Young, Valencia, Hernandez.

Stoke City starting XI: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Huth, Pieters; Walters, Palacios, Ireland, Nzonzi, Arnautovic; Crouch.

Manchester United starting XI: De Gea; Smalling, Jones, Evans, Evra; Nani, Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa; Rooney, van Persie.

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