Stoke City v Manchester United live score commentary

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Updated: September 24, 2011

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Stoke City 1 v 1 Manchester United

90+4 min played

Scorers: Crouch ’52; Nani ’27

Commentary:

Full-Time Stoke and Manchester United play out an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Brittania. Nani gave United a first half lead, but Peter Crouch’s second half header sealed a valuable draw for the Potters.

90+4 min Full-time.
90+4 min A Nani cross is caught by Begovic. That should be the last act of the match.
90+3 min A clever Anderson chip finds Owen, whose shot is saved by Begovic. The play is called back for offside.
90+1 min Giggs has a good chance for United. Nani and Valencia play a good one-two on the right wing. Nani then sends a dangerous cross to the back post. Giggs makes it to the ball but blazes it wide from a difficult angle.
90 min Four minutes to be added.
90 min United work the ball forward well, but Nani is dispossessed on the right wing.
86 min Crouch controls the ball on his chest in the box and shoots just wide. Crouch has caused United’s defence a lot of problems today.
86 min Substitution for Stoke Dean Whitehead comes on for Rory Delap.
84 min Crouch heads wide from a corner.
83 min Substitution for Stoke Robert Huth replaces Andy Wilkinson.
81 min Giggs almost takes it past three defenders in the Stoke box.
77 min Michael Owen heads over.
76 min Evra finds Giggs with a great chip forward. The Welshman then crosses along the ground and almost finds Owen, but the ball is cleared for a corner.
76 min Nani moves inside his marker and shoots just over on his left foot.
74 min Giggs forces a corner and takes it quickly. The cross is caught by Begovic, however.
71 min A couple of Pennant crosses almost reach Crouch.
70 min Double Substitution for Manchester United Ryan Giggs comes on for Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck replaces Dimitar Berbatov.
69 min Young has a good chance in the Stoke box, but his shot goes straight at Begovic. Evra hits the ball powerfully from outside the area and it connects with Woodgate’s hand. Looks like a penalty but the linesman gives offside instead.
68 min Wilson hits a powerful free kick, which De Gea manages to punch away.
65 min Pennant runs into the box but loses the ball. De Gea rushes out and kicks the ball away, but it hits Peter Crouch before being cleared.
63 min Pennant plays a one-two with Walters before crossing, but he can’t find anyone in the box.
62 min Anderson shoots straight at Begovic from the edge of the box.
57 min Another good dribble from Nani. The winger then passes to Berbatov, who is dispossessed in the box.
55 min Crouch somehow misses from five yards. Ferdinand misjudges a Pennant cross and allows the ball to go to Crouch. The striker quickly shoots but De Gea gets a hand to the ball to force it over the bar.
54 min Berbatov shoots straight at Begovic.
53 min Berbatov almosts finds Owen with a cross along the ground.
52 min Goal for Peter Crouch! Etherington crosses from a corner and Crouch rises above Jones and Ferdinand to power home a header.
51 min Some good, skilful play from Young and Nani leads to Young crossing to Michael Owen, but the ball is cleared.
48 min A Pennant cross goes straight into De Gea’s hands.
46 min Early free kick for Stoke causes United no problems.
46 min Stoke kickoff to start the second half.

Half-Time Manchester United lead 1-0 at the break. Both sides will be relatively happy with their first half efforts. Nani has been the star performer, scoring the only goal and creating the majority of United’s opportunities. Stoke could have been level if it wasn’t for two good David De Gea saves from powerful Andy Wilkinson and Jonathan Walters shots, however. Peter Crouch is also causing some problems in the air.

45+4 min Half-time.
45+4 min Begovic smothers the ball before Michael Owen can get to it.
45+1 min Phil Jones makes another good run through the Stoke defence. He shoots at the edge of the box but the ball is blocked and goes out for a corner.
45 min Four minutes to be added.
43 min Crouch and Pennant almost reach a cross at the back post.
42 min Nani controls the ball in the box and works it on to his left foot. He looks like he’s setting up to shoot but tries to pass to Owen. Begovic smothers the ball well, however.
41 min Nani passes to Owen in the box and the striker almost goes by his marker, but the ball is cleared for a corner.
40 min United keep the ball well, but Nani loses control of the ball under pressure on the right wing as he is about to cross.
37 min Berbatov almost gets behind the last defender after a skilful step-over. The ball is cleared for a corner.
36 min Great save from De Gea. Walters hits a powerful shot towards the bottom left hand corner of the goal but De Gea gets a palm to the ball.
34 min Delap shoots wide from distance.
32 min Big mistake from Begovic almost leads to another goal for United. The ball arrives at the keeper, who delays too long. Ashley Young tackles him and passes to Nani, who shoots quickly but the ball goes over the bar.
28 min Stoke almost equalise immediately. The ball drops to Wilkinson at the edge of the box and he unleashes a powerful shot. De Gea pushes the ball onto the bar and over for a corner.
27 min Goal for Nani! United keep possession well. Nani breaks forward and plays a one-two with Darren Fletcher. The Portuguese player then takes the ball into the Stoke box and finishes well into the bottom right hand corner.
27 min United are enjoying a lot of possession in midfield.
23 min Anderson fouls Pennant. Free kick in a decent position but the opportunity is wasted.
22 min Brief stoppage in play as Jermaine Pennant receives attention.
18 min Manchester United corner is headed wide by Dimitar Berbatov.
17 min Stoke attack well, but Rio Ferdinand blocks the cross and clears.
14 min An Etherington corner finds Crouch at the back post and the England striker shoots wide. Crouch is penalised for climbing over Phil Jones.
11 min Substitution for Manchester United Michael Owen replaces the injured Javier Hernandez.
11 min Great run by Phil Jones. The defender beats his defender then tries to cross to Berbatov, but the ball is blocked and goes out for a corner.
10 min A Delap throw causes United some problems. Pennant is free in the area but his shot is blocked by Phil Jones.
8 min Stoke break forward. Pennant gets past his marker and crosses but Valencia heads clear.
7 min Jones heads on a free kick and almost finds the bottom corner. The ball is cleared, however.
6 min Yellow card for Glenn Whelan. The Irish international is booked after a reckless challenge on Patrice Evra.
5 min Hernandez is back up but still feeling the effects of the challenge.
3 min Penalty claim from United. Hernandez gets behind the Stoke defence, but Woodgate recovers to tackle the striker and nudge the ball back to the keeper. Hernandez collides with Begovic and stays down.
2 min Another corner for Stoke, but United clear.
1 min An early corner for Stoke.
1 min Manchester United kickoff to start the game.
0 min We’re moments away from kickoff at the Brittania Stadium. The big team news for Manchester United is that Wayne Rooney is rested and is not included in the squad. Dimitar Berbatov makes his first league start of the season. Jonny Evans was injured in the warm up and is replaced by Antonio Valencia.

Teams:

Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Woodgate, Shawcross, Wilson, Pennant, Delap, Whelan, Etherington, Walters, Crouch

Substitutes: Sorensen, Whitehead, Huth, Upson, Shotton, Jerome, Palacios

Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra, Nani, Anderson, Fletcher, Young, Berbatov, Hernandez

Substitutes: Lindegaard, Owen, Giggs, Park, Welbeck, Fabio, Valencia

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