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Summary

  1. Man Utd XI: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Fellaini, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rooney
  2. Stoke XI: Butland, Johnson, Wollscheid, Muniesa, Pieters, Whelan, Afellay, Walters, Bojan, Arnautovic, Crouch
  3. Use play icon to watch 5 live Final Score

Live Reporting

By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Manchester United get the three points with an excellent and much-needed win over Stoke at Old Trafford.

They even managed to score two in the first half. Great scenes. 

Thanks for joining me.

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

This game petering out now. United heading for an impressive win.

Anthony Martial and Louis van Gaal
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SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Juan Mata off, Andreas Pereira on. Three minutes to play.

YELLOW CARD

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Loud cheers from the home fans - it must involve former Man City man Stephen Ireland. 

Yep, he's booked for a cynical foul and the United fans enjoy that one.

Giggs going nowhere

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Ryan Giggs is not alongside Louis van Gaal in the Manchester United dugout tonight. There have been rumours that he has resigned and is heading to Celtic. As BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin points out below, this is simply not true.

United are adamant that Giggs's absence is because of a family illness.

The Giggs to Celtic rumour is nonsense.

Magnificent Martial

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at Old Trafford

"Manchester United's Antony Martial was afforded a standing ovation as he went off - and he deserved every moment.

"The 20-year-old is such an exciting prospect and has been a shaft of light amid the Old Trafford gloom this season."

CLOSE!

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Memphis Depay, goalless in 11 games, clips a left-footed effort narrowly over.

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

A hairy moment for Jack Butland, who has problems with a back pass. He can't pick it up and with Jesse Lingard racing in, the England goalkeeper uncomfortably uses his left boot to clear the ball in the nick of time.

Nearly one for the bloopers reel there.

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Into the last 10 minutes...

Chris Smalling
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SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Another substitution for Manchester United.

Marouane Fellaini hooked, Ander Herrera into the action.

Marouane Fellaini
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SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

A change for the hosts.

Anthony Martial makes his way off with a standing ovation and on comes Memphis Depay in his place.

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Memphis Depay readying himself to come on for Manchester United. He was spotted out shopping yesterday, you know. Headline news on a slow transfer deadline day.

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Wayne Rooney sniffing again, smacking a shot narrowly over after being teed up by the impressive Anthony Martial, who will take home the champagne for a man-of-the-match performance.

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Peter Crouch nicks an effort narrowly wide from Erik Pieters' cross, but the tall Englishman was offside anyway.

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Probably the worst, most unentertaining 10 minute spell of football the home fans have seen this season.

Then again...

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

To their credit, Stoke are still pushing and Mark Arnautovic earns a corner.

Ibrahim Afellay's inswinger is punched away by David de Gea, who is hoping to preserve a clean sheet.

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Former Man City midfielder Stephen Ireland trips Juan Mata and that's woken up the home supporters, who greet the challenge with loud jeers.

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Nothing much happening at the moment, neither side threatening, crowd are silent having accepted the three points.

Rampant Man Utd

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at Old Trafford

"This has been a feast to follow the famine for Manchester United's fans. They have revelled in watching their team take Stoke City apart tonight.

"Stoke have been very poor - but this is a night giving Louis van Gaal and his side credit."

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David Ljunggren: Perhaps we can stop those "Mark Hughes to Chelsea/Man Utd" rumours for a while. Stoke are looking pretty average tonight.

Mitesh Mistry: Martial, Mata & Rooney just awesome tonight. Light at the end of the tunnel for LVG? 4th place still possible?

SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Boos from the home fans as former Manchester City man Stephen Ireland comes on for Bojan, who had an anonymous game.

YELLOW CARD

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Anthony Martial, frustrated he doesn't win a free-kick, runs back at Phil Bardsley and brings him down. It earns the Frenchman a yellow card.

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Peter Crouch is penalised for a push on Jesse Lingard, the tallest man against the smallest. A mis-match if ever you saw one.

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Manchester United threatening to run riot. Wayne Rooney tries to return the favour to team-mate Anthony Martial, but the Frenchman is off balance and his shot flies over.

Martial is going to leave the Stoke defenders having nightmares tonight, he has been sensational.

Anthony Martial
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YELLOW CARD

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian earns the first yellow of the game after tugging back Ibrahim Afellay on the run.

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Maarten Casier: Welcome back Manchester United, I really missed you! BTW, where is Giggs?

GOAL - Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

Wayne Rooney (53 mins)

This time it is allowed.

Where was the Stoke defence? Still in the dressing room it seems. Daley Blind picks the ball up at the back and plays a straight ball through to Juan Mata, deep in the Stoke half.

The Spaniard turns, plays in Anthony Martial on the left, who cuts it back for a waiting Wayne Rooney. Easy as you like, two yards out, he pops in his 244th United goal and is quickly closing in on Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time record.

Game done.

Wayne Rooney
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Wayne Rooney
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DISALLOWED GOAL

Man Utd 2-0 Stoke

Goal from Wayne Rooney, game over for Stoke.

Or is it?

No, Rooney's strike at the near post is chalked off by referee Roger East.

The captain runs on to a ball over the top and he's shoulder to shoulder with Glen Johnson. Is it a push, or an old-fashioned shoulder barge? The referee thinks it's a push and the third goal is disallowed.

Man Utd 2-0 Stoke

Not happening for Stoke today. Midfielder Glenn Whelan picks out Marko Arnautovic brilliantly on the edge of the box. The Austrians jinks a couple of challenges but the finish it awful, off balance and high into the stand. He won't want to see that one again.

KICK-OFF

Man Utd 2-0 Stoke

Back under way at Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney
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Man Utd 2-0 Stoke

Seven Manchester United players were involved in their second goal, starting from Michael Carrick (16) and finishing with a beautiful effort from Anthony Martial (9).

Martial goal
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Happy Old Trafford

Man Utd 2-0 Stoke

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at Old Trafford

"As straightforward and entertaining as any first 45 minutes has been for a very long time at Old Trafford. Goals. Entertainment. Fluent play. Do not adjust your sets."

Chris Smalling
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HALF-TIME

Man Utd 2-0 Stoke

Warm applause from the Manchester United fans who can't quite believe they have seen two first-half goals at Old Trafford.

Mark Hughes
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Man Utd 2-0 Stoke

Left-back Erik Pieters' free-kick is too long and it's catching practice for David de Gea. Easily taken by the Manchester United man, like a fielder on the boundary at Lord's.

Man Utd 2-0 Stoke

Stoke have a free-kick deep in the Manchester United half, can they make anything of it?

Man Utd 2-0 Stoke

I suggested early on that Anthony Martial could have a field day today playing on the left and he looks to be having just that.

He goes at Stoke right-back Phil Bardsley, who runs away like a kid being chased by a dog. He can't get away quick enough. Martial's final ball is poor, though, and Stoke can clear.

Man Utd 2-0 Stoke

Can Stoke steal one before half-time? Phil Bardley's low cross from the right makes the home defenders scramble the ball away. If they can get one, it will cause all sorts of panic and they'll likely get a second too.

Four minutes til the interval.

CLOSE!

Man Utd 2-0 Stoke

Anthony Martial is such an exciting prospect with his direct, pacey running. You can see the fear in the Stoke defender's feet as soon as he picks up the ball, not knowing whether to make a tackle of back off.

The Frenchman squares the ball to Juan Mata, whose shot is blocked and the home side recycle it towards the little Spaniard again, but his free header from around six-yards out goes horribly wrong and wide of goal.

A wry smile from Mata, he knows he should do better.

Man Utd 2-0 Stoke

Stoke will need to take every chance that falls to them but they've not tested David de Gea yet. Ibrahim Afellay blazes wildly over from the edge of the area.

At the next attack, the same player's shot from a similar position takes a nick off Chris Smalling and goes for a corner.

Warning signs, the home side fail to clear and the ball drops to Jon Walters, who spins and shoots over.