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Stoke City 1-1 Manchester United

By Stephan ShemiltBBC Sport
Ryan Shawcross scores for Stoke
Ryan Shawcross put stoke ahead inside two minutes
  • Man Utd draw third game in four
  • Stoke have lost only once in six
  • United could slip 12 points behind Chelsea

Manchester United drew their third successive away game after coming from behind to earn a point at Stoke.

The result leaves United nine points behind Premier League joint-leaders Chelsea and Manchester City.

Radamel Falcao swept in from a corner to equalise for United after Ryan Shawcross had given Stoke an early lead with a close-range volley.

Stoke were denied a penalty when Chris Smalling appeared to handle, while a Peter Crouch header hit the post.

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A point was the least Stoke deserved, with the home side coping better with the blustery conditions and looking more likely to carve an opportunity from open play.

Balls delivered into the box caused problems for United's three centre-halves, who at times were reduced to arguing amongst themselves, while the majority of possession was not enough for a visiting side that lacked the guile to break down an organised Stoke defence.

Six successive victories had led United boss Louis van Gaal to talk of a title challenge, but dropping six points over the Christmas period leaves cementing a top-four place as the more realistic ambition.

Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville on BBC Radio 5 live
"The disappointment for United is that over the last three away games they have not been clinical enough. They have had all the possession, but sometimes I would like them to be a bit more direct rather than take the extra pass. Both teams went for victory in horrendous conditions. I think a draw was a fair result in the end."

Stoke had enjoyed their own period of consistency in December, a run of three wins and a draw only interrupted by a 2-0 defeat by Chelsea.

The Potters lost the influential Bojan to a hamstring injury in their latest win against West Brom, but that mantle was picked up by Marko Arnautovic.

It was his corner in the second minute that was delivered deep to Crouch, who nodded down for the unmarked Shawcross to score against his former club.

Another Arnautovic ball should have led to Mame Biram Diouf putting Stoke further ahead, but he fired wide when given a clear sight of goal and, soon after, United were level.

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A corner from the left was helped on by Michael Carrick, with Falcao finishing from inside the six-yard box.

However, that did not provide United with the inspiration to improve, with their best chance of the second half coming when the ineffective Robin van Persie poked a volley wide.

Instead, it was Stoke who came closest to winning it, with Crouch hitting the woodwork and Diouf firing over, both from deliveries into the United area.

And the hosts were aggrieved - perhaps justifiably - when Crouch's header into the raised arm of Smalling did not result in a penalty.

Ryan Shawcross scores
Stoke scorer Ryan Shawcross joined Stoke from Manchester United in 2007
Radamel Falcao scores
Radamel Falcao scored with United's first effort on target
Radamel Falcao
The Colombian has scored three Premier League goals for United
Ashley Young
United lost Ashley Young to a hamstring injury
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes
Stoke manager Mark Hughes felt the Potters should have been awarded two penalties

Line-ups

Stoke

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Begovic
  • 20Cameron
  • 17Shawcross
  • 5Muniesa
  • 3Pieters
  • 19Walters
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 6Whelan
  • 10ArnautovicSubstituted forAssaidiat 81'minutes
  • 25Crouch
  • 18Diouf

Substitutes

  • 2Bardsley
  • 4Huth
  • 12Wilson
  • 16Adam
  • 22Butland
  • 24Assaidi
  • 34Shenton

Man Utd

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1de Gea
  • 6Evans
  • 12Smalling
  • 4Jones
  • 8Mata
  • 3ShawSubstituted forJanuzajat 64'minutes
  • 16Carrick
  • 10Rooney
  • 18YoungSubstituted forda Silvaat 75'minutes
  • 9FalcaoSubstituted forHerreraat 64'minutes
  • 20van Persie

Substitutes

  • 2da Silva
  • 11Januzaj
  • 13Lindegaard
  • 21Herrera
  • 24Fletcher
  • 42Blackett
  • 49Wilson
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
27,203

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home11
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home11
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 1, Manchester United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stoke City 1, Manchester United 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Glenn Whelan.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mame Biram Diouf.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rafael (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Ander Herrera.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Phil Jones (Manchester United).

  8. Post update

    Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Phil Jones (Manchester United).

  10. Post update

    Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Oussama Assaidi replaces Marko Arnautovic.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Glenn Whelan.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adnan Januzaj with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Wayne Rooney.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Rafael.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Phil Jones.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. Rafael replaces Ashley Young because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Ashley Young (Manchester United) because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).