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Summary

  1. Opening goal after terrible Depay error
  2. Then Arnautovic with thunderous strike
  3. Seven games without a win for Man Utd
  4. Stoke XI: Butland; Johnson, Wollscheid, Sahwcross, Pieters; Cameron, Whelan; Afellay, Arnautovic, Shaqiri; Bojan.
  5. Man Utd XI: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Jones, Blind, Carrick, Herrera, Mata, Fellaini, Memphis, Martial

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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That's a wrap

Right, that is all from me. A Christmas cracker of a start to the Boxing Day football with a big upset. Can Louis van Gaal survive this one?

The rest of the day's action is well under way, so head on over to our main live coverage pagehere.

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Manager reaction

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Finally, a bit more from Louis van Gaal, this time speaking to BBC Sport: "We have lost the game in the first 45 minutes because we didn't dare to play our football. That is what I have analysed. 

"The circumstances now play a bigger role and will in the next game also. We have to cope with that and look for the solution

"It is very difficult as I'm also part of four losses and I have to cope with that. More important is that my players have to perform.

"I thought it was the right decision [to leave out Wayne Rooney] otherwise I would not have done it.

"I don't think that is interesting what they [the headlines] do to me. I have said they have to stick by the facts. The scrutiny is alright for me, I'm used to that. You have to stick by the facts and not rubbish.

"I have received it [backing of club] all the time but we have lost today so there is a new situation. I feel the support of my players and my board. The fans will be disappointed but that is logical after four defeats."

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Ellis: That look from LvG to the reporter...

Tomas: LVG is gone. Air of resignation about that interview

Mr Kev: How come at Chelsea it wasn't Joses fault but the players, yet at United it's all LVGs fault ?

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'We don't dare to play'

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Louis van Gaal, speaking to Sky Sports: "They score out of a free-kick, then at half time we spoke with each other and the second half was much better but still we have created one or two chances, you have to score though. 

"The problem is we don't dare to play, that is my analysis.

"I tried to do everything but the pressure every match will be higher and higher.

"It is more difficult because I am also part of the four matches that we have lost so people are looking at me. I have to deal with that but more importantly the players have to deal with that becayuse they have to perform.

Asked about whether the people were still behind him, Van Gaal added: "It is another situation. We have lost the fourth game, we have to wait and see."

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Louis van Gaal has just been dissecting that game and he sounds like a beaten man.

Full reaction coming up...

Manager reaction

Stoke 2-0 Man Utd

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes: "As the game progressed we gained more confidence by the manner of the performance. 

"Jack Butland made an outstanding save at a key time. Apart from that he didn't have a great deal to do."  

Feeling lonesome tonight?

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Elvis
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The last time Manchester United lost four competitive games in a row in a single season was in 1961, when a young Elvis Pressley was number one in the charts with his new hit - Are You Lonesome Tonight.

There is probably one person who will be feeling pretty lonesome tonight after that result...

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'I can't see Van Gaal staying'

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Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on Final Score

"I can't see Louis van Gaal staying beyond this now. On Tuesday he walked out of his press conference, and there has been an awful lot of pressure on him this week. 

"That performance was as bad you will ever see from a Manchester United side."

'Man Utd are headless chickens'

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News of Manchester United's defeat has reached big Red Devils fan Geoffrey Boycott, commentating on the Boxing Day cricket for TMS. He's not a happy man...

"Manchester United are like 10 headless chickens running around at the moment," he says. 

"Van Gaal will go - he'll have to because the quality of the football is poor. You can't enjoy it. They don't look like they know what they're doing. He can't stay."

Thoughts, United fans?

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Maddy Raman: LVG has the look of a man who knows his managerial career has just come to an end.

Laurie Ainsworth: Man Utd will be no better with a new manager. The players are mostly second-rate and the team is mid-table at best.

Marc Broderick: Slow, boring, lifeless, Bring in the Class of '92 and get rid of Van Gaal please!!! Soul-destroying football.

United looked lost

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Jimmy Armfield

BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

"I would have liked to have seen more of Anthony Martial for Manchester United. Stoke have been strong though and they get the points.

"The first half did it, a good goal from Bojan and a cracker from Marko Arnautovic. In the first period, they looked lost, they looked short of inspiration.

"They were better in the second half with Wayne Rooney on the pitch but they didn't have the firepower you would expect of them."

FULL-TIME

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All over as Stoke ultimately ease to a comfortable win over Manchester United, who were as poor as they have ever been this season.

Louis van Gaal heads towards the tunnel, holds up a hand to acknowledge the Manchester United fans.

I didn't hear any boos, but this is surely a result that will only stoke the fire of discontent further?

GREAT SAVE!

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Three minutes of added time go up on the board as Manchester United push forward again. They get through the Stoke defence, with Juan Mata put clear, but his shot aimed for the top corner is pushed behind by Jack Butland.

Louis van Gaal remains in his seat as Stoke fans taunt Manchester United fans by singing Jose Mourinho's name. Tough times indeed.

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Two minutes of normal time left and Manchester United have the ball. Some good persistence by Wayne Rooney as he battles on the right to make room for a cross, but no Manchester United player attacks the ball and Stoke have all the time to clear. 

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C Li: Just caught the Utd scoreline. Can't see LVG surviving till next year. Question is Mour negative style or Pep talk?

Patrick Galvin: All this talk of Jose to MUFC...they should really look at Mark Hughes. Brilliant at Blackburn and look at Stoke now?

Matt Harding: Never wanted Mourinho at Utd, but I'd take anybody else right now.

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End to end now as Jack Butland pushes behind Anthony Martial's curled effort. Moments later, it two against one as Stoke break but Bojan's low drive is easy picking for David de Gea.

SUBSTITUTION

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Time is ticking away and Louis van Gaal makes a change as Andreas Pereira comes on for Ander Herrera, not the most intimidating one as far as Stoke are concerned. 

Pereira, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Morgan Schneiderlin, Sergio Romero, Guillermo Varela and Patrick McNair. Not exactly a bench full of fearsome attacking options.

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Paul Calf: Glass of prosecco not strong enough to get through United's second half?! Who says football has lost its working class roots... (see 63 mins).

SJ Ismvil: Can we all agree the golden days for Manchester United are over?

Nick Clohessy: You know who would really help LvG today? That Chicarito bloke. Or perhaps that Januzaj. Maybe even Kagawa or Zaha?

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John Murray

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"Bojan Krkic. What a cracking little player."

Rooney touchmap

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Wayne Rooney has struggled to make an impact since coming on as a half-time substitute as his touchmap shows...

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Bojan's trickery gets him into the area on the right and he crosses low, forcing David De Gea to punch away at his near post.

Ten minutes to go...

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There used to be a time when, even with 15 minutes left, you would not bet against Manchester United coming back to win. With this team, though, you just can't see it. 

If I were to pick a Stoke and Man Utd combined XI I am pretty sure there would be more Stoke players in that team than United...

SUBSTITUTION

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Stoke boss Mark Hughes is mulling over whether to stick or twist. He decides to take the latter option, making his third and final change as Charlie Adam comes on for Glenn Whelan.

Get it wide!

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Jimmy Armfield

BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

"Manchester United had a free-kick there [before the Stoke chance] and there was no width. If you put players wide, it stretches the defence and players have to move out to cover them. You can't have no width at this level."

Chance!

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Manchester United have been better this half but their shaky defence will continue to give Louis van Gaal nightmares. This time, Bojan delivers a fine cross behind the defence aimed at Marko Arnautovic, Ashley Young sticks out a boot to cut it out but almost puts the ball beyond his own keeper. David de Gea's reactions are bang up to scratch though as he claws the ball out of the air.

Young had to make the intervention, but that could have been so, so costly.

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Van Gaal has Fellaini, Young and Mata in the wrong position. Sub Fellaini, bring on a defender and reshuffle #bbcfootball

Just seen what's on Van Gaal's clipboard .... #bbcfootball

Just seen what's on Van Gaal's clipboard .... #bbcfootball

Is that supposed to be a cat, Jamie? Not sure about your maths either...

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Ibrahim Afellay skips along the edge of the area, evading a number of half-hearted challenges before feeding the ball to Marko Arnautovic inside the area. He takes one touch too many, though, allowing the Manchester United defence to recover and snuff out the chance.

SUBSTITUTION

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Stoke's change to a more defensive style is not suiting Xherdan Shaqiri. He has barely had a sniff of the ball in this half and is substituted, with Mame Biram Diouf replacing him.

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TAKE OFF FELLAINI #bbcfootball #mufc #mutd #ManchesterUnited

Forget De Gea, Butland is the real deal #bbcfootball

Don't think this glass of proescco is strong enough to get me through this second half of 'football' from @ManUtd #bbcfootball

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Close!

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The Manchester United fans burst into noise as the visitors fashion their best chance of the game. 

Wayne Rooney makes it with a fine ball across the box to Marouane Fellaini who, from eight yards, sees his low strike held by Jack Butland. 

I can't help but feel Fellaini should have smashed that into the roof of the net, but a potentially crucial save.

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Stoke are very much playing the soak it up and punch on the counter tactic at the moment, a tactic that almost pays dividends as Marko Arnautovic chases a long ball forward. Just one defender to beat, but he trips over the ball and Manchester United survive.  

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I wonder what Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward thinks of all this? Not a lot probably because he is apparently not at the game. Maybe just as well...

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I demand an apology from LVG...this is unbearable... #bbcfootball #VanGo

Rooney the only experienced & class player but struggling, now add the already struggling team, we are basically doomed. #bbcfootball

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Wayne Rooney moves out the way
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Ashley Young, who has had a tough old time dealing with Marko Arnautivic at right back, gets to enjoy a rare foray forward as he slips the ball past his marker on the right and then fizzes a teasing cross in behind the defence. Wayne Rooney is flagged offside, though.

Let a manager fail

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Jimmy Armfield

BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

"I don't think Manchester United will make a move for another manager before Monday. Chelsea should not have sacked Jose Mourinho, I could not see the point in doing it. Let a manager have a full season and let him fail. Something must have gone on with Mourinho. They are still in Europe and the let him go?"

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Wayne Rooney is playing centrally, with Anthony Martial and Maroaune Fellaini either side. Rooney is certainly looking like he wants to make up for lost time, with lots of buzzing about, but he is not doing much to worry the Stoke defence, which is sitting deep in this half.

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Andrew: Man Utd's golden era is truly over and partly because Ferguson left a basket case. Sacking LvG will not change anything except pushing them to further instability. Put an inexperianced manager like Giggs in charge and this could hasten worse to come like the golden drop of 1973. Job done. 

so Man U bring on Rooney to try and save the match? when was the last time he changed a game? Stevie G he is not! #bbcfootball

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What's the Mata?

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Jimmy Armfield

BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

"I just didn't see Juan Mata in the first half..."

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From the average positions of the teams below, it looks like Stoke will be sitting back and defending their lead and put the onus on Manchester United to break them down.

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YELLOW CARD

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Bojan Krkic is booked
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Stoke get forward and Bojan, ball at the feet, takes a tumble in the area. The referee blows his whistle. Penalty? No, free-kick to Manchester United and Bojan is booked for simulation.

Correct decision, but that would have been a heart-in-mouth moment for Louis van Gaal.