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Britannia Stadium (ATT 27,582) 24th September 2011 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: P Walton

Stoke City Stoke City vs Manchester United Man Utd

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P Crouch (52)

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Nani (27)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 8:21 pm, September 24th 2011

  1. FT

    Stoke hold on to earn their first ever point against United. Join us again next time, have a good one, later!

  2. 90+4

    Owen has an effort on goal which Begovic saves. The former Liverpool striker was offside though. Soon after Begovic collects a hopeful cross by Nani.

  3. 90+3

    Stoke sub: Cameron Jerome replaces Pennant.

  4. 90+2

    Giggs fails to keep his effort down at the far post after running onto Nani's delightfully floated cross.

  5. 90+1

    Welbeck tries to link up with Owen but the Stoke defence are wise to his intentions.

  6. 90

    There will be four added minutes.

  7. 88

    Is a rare quiet moment in play as the teams trade possession in midfield.

  8. 87

    It's still anyone's game at the moment. A draw would probably be a fair result though.

  9. 86

    Crouch does well to control a cross under pressure from Valencia but then drags his effort wide from close range as he loses his balance. He's been a constant menace throughout.

  10. 85

    Stoke sub: Dean Whitehead replaces Delap.

  11. 84

    Crouch directs a header wide off a corner. Jones looked to have done just enough there to put off the towering hitman.

  12. 83

    Stoke sub: Robert Huth replaces Wilkinson.

  13. 81

    Wilkinson looks to be in a bit of trouble for Stoke.

  14. 80

    Giggs squeezes his way past two men in the Stoke box but is crowded out before he can pull the trigger. He's looked lively since coming on.

  15. 79

    Evra is adjudged to have taken the ball out and is blown up. Fletcher is having a right old moan.

  16. 78

    Crouch skips past Valencia but his follow up ball is poor and United regain possession.

  17. 77

    De Gea comes off his line confidently to intercept a useful cross intended for Crouch.

  18. 76

    United are looking much better with the recent additions. It's Stoke's turn now to absorb some pressure as Owen heads over off a cross from Jones.

  19. 75

    Nani dances his way into space on the edge of the area but his curling effort is deflected over for a corner. Giggs' delivery is headed clear.

  20. 74

    Evra feeds Giggs down the left but the veteran winger's cross is forced out for a corner by Pennant. Stoke clear the set piece.

  21. 73

    Play resumes with Evra, United's captain today, to soldier on.

  22. 71

    Evra comes off second best in a collision with Walters and is receiving some attention.

  23. 70

    United double sub: Danny Welbeck comes on for Berbatov and Ryan Giggs replaces Young.

  24. 69

    Young powers forward and thunders an effort on goal but Begovic makes a good stop.

  25. 68

    Fletcher slides in strongly to dispossess Crouch.

  26. 67

    Antonio Valencia is penalised for a raised foot on Walters just outside the United box. Wilson smashes the set-piece goalward but De Gea sticks out a strong hand to deflect the ball clear.

  27. 66

    At the other end Berbatov goes down in the box under a challenge from Woodgate but again the ref waves play on.

  28. 65

    United really need to get their studs on the ball in midfield as they're chasing shadows at the moment and are sure to tire at this rate.

  29. 64

    Pennant goes down in the United box under a challenge from Anderson but the ref's having none of it.

  30. 63

    Marc Wilson takes aim for Stoke but his effort is a touch disappointing as it flies wide.

  31. 61

    Anderson shapes too shoot, steals a couple of yards, and then does let fly but Begovic gets down smartly to thwart the midfielder's grounded effort.

  32. 60

    Stoke are playing with confidence at the moment but United are battling hard at the back.

  33. 58

    Pennant looks a threat for Stoke everytime he gets down the flank. No doubt Sir Alex Ferguson will be concerned.

  34. 57

    Berbatov is muscled off the ball with his back to goal in a crowded Stoke box.

  35. 56

    Anderson brings the ball out of defence and tries to find Owen with an ambitious long-range pass, which Stoke deal with comfortably.

  36. 55

    The Potters supporters are in full song now as the hosts press forward with intent.

  37. 54

    De Gea blocks Crouch's effort from two yards out following Pennant's cross into the box. The keeper didn't know to much about that but makes the crucial stop all the same.

  38. 53

    At the other end, Berbatov rattles a powerful effort straight at Begovic from the edge of the area, with the keeper well positioned to make the stop.

  39. 52

    Stoke score! Crouch loses his marker Jones and heads home Etherington's corner from six yards out after Walters forced the set-piece.

  40. 50

    Etherington goes route one in search of Crouch but his delivery is poor.

  41. 49

    There's alot of aerial ping-pong going on at the moment.

  42. 48

    Etherington cuts out a cheeky back heel from Young as Stoke progress down the right. However, Etherington's cross is poor and De Gea collects in relative comfort.

  43. 47

    Evra concedes an early foul but Stoke fail to make anything of it. It doesn't look like the physicality is going to taper at all this evening.

  44. 46

    Stoke get us back underway.

  45. United enter the break a goal up thanks to Nani's spectacular effort. Join us in 15 minutes for the second instalment.

  46. 45+3

    Looks like United will take their slender lead into the break as Berbatov is unable to link up with Owen thanks to the onrushing Begovic.

  47. 45+2

    Walters tries to find Crouch via the aerial route but the ex-Tottenham man is unable to connect in the box. They haven't quite gelled yet.

  48. 45

    There will be four minutes of optional time.

  49. 44

    Jones drives forward but his effort is squeezed out for a corner. He's looked a constant threat when getting forward from defence.

  50. 43

    Anderson cleans up in midfield for United. He's seen alot of the ball in this opening stanza.

  51. 42

    We're closing in on half time. It's been gripping if not pretty so far.

  52. 41

    Evra shows some delightful skill to juggle the ball under control at Etherington's expense but his cross in is easily gathered by Begovic.

  53. 40

    Ryan Shawcross nips in just in time to thwart Owen in the Stoke box.

  54. 35

    Berbatov shows some life as he skips into the box and forces a corner, which Stoke manage to clear.

  55. 34

    De Gea pulls off another finger tip save to deny Jonathan Walters' snap effort.

  56. 32

    Delap drives forward for Stoke and drills his grounded effort narrowly wide.

  57. 31

    Nani ballons over the cross bar with Asmir Begovic out of position after the Stoke keeper, put under pressure by a poor back pass, opted to run his way out of trouble. That was a let off for the hosts.

  58. 28

    Stoke nearly equalise but De Gea does brilliantly to push a cracking effort from Andy Wilkinson onto the woodwork to preserve the visitors' lead.

  59. 26

    United score! Nani plays a great one-two with Darren Fletcher and fires home superbly with his left foot from inside the box.

  60. 25

    If you're wondering, Rooney's absence for United is due to a hamstring injury sustained in training. With Hernandez off as well, it's effectively the B-team strikers out there today in Berba and Owen.

  61. 23

    Neither side has really stamped their authority yet amid all the heavy challenges. Stoke would probably prefer it that way.

  62. 22

    Pennant returns to the fray and is immediately felled by a welcome back tackle from the physical Anderson.

  63. 21

    He's hobbling around. Last time I said someone looked to be alright they were substituted a minute later. I'll keep my mouth shut this time.

  64. 20

    Pennant is receiving some attention after losing his footing with no marker in sight. That can't be a good sign.

  65. 19

    It's a bit scrappy at the moment with Stoke doing well to derail United's typical free-flowing ambitions.

  66. 18

    Dimitar Berbatov lets us know he's on the field as he flashes a header narrowly wide off Anderson's corner for United.

  67. 16

    Andy Wilkinson overlaps down the left for Stoke but his cross is cleared by Rio Ferdinand.

  68. 15

    Matthew Etherington cleans up nicely in a messy midfield exchange. Stoke push forward through Pennant down the right but the former Liverpool man's cross is cut out.

  69. 14

    Anderson's ball long ball down the left is a touch too strong for the chasing Ashley Young and Stoke get the goal kick.

  70. 13

    Stoke's Peter Crouch gets up in the box but he's blown up for hands on Jones' shoulders.

  71. 12

    There are some heavy challenges flying in from either side. I suspect we'll see quite alot of referee Peter Walton today.

  72. 11

    Owen replaces Hernandez.

  73. 10

    At the other end Jones bombs forward down the left but his cross is cut out. He really is popping up everywhere early on.

  74. 9

    Stoke's Pennant has a shot in the box blocked.

  75. 8

    Hernandez's contribution seems to be over for the day and Michael Owen looks like he's getting ready to step in.

  76. 7

    Jones' header is cleared off the line by Delap after a set-piece on the right - for a foul on Nani - is swung into the Stoke box.

  77. 6

    Stoke's Glenn Whelan is booked for a lunge on Patrice Evra.

  78. 4

    Hernandez looks to be alright as he runs off the knock on the sidelines and is given the go ahead to rejoin the action.

  79. 3

    United's Javier Hernandez races clear but is bundled over in the box by Jonathan Woodgate. On another day that may have been given. The young Mexican has taken a knock and is struggling a bit.

  80. 2

    Stoke get an early corner as Jermaine Pennant's cross from the right is deflected out by Phil Jones. The delivery is forced out for a throw-in and Rory Delap's typically menacing effort forces David de Gea to punch clear.

  81. 1

    United get us underway.

  82. We're nearly set to go here as the players do their last minute warm-ups on the field.

  83. Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Valencia, Evra, Nani, Anderson, Fletcher, Young, Berbatov, Hernandez. Subs: Lindegaard, Owen, Giggs, Park, Welbeck, Fabio Da Silva, Valencia.

  84. Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Woodgate, Wilson, Pennant, Delap, Whelan, Etherington, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Huth, Whitehead, Upson, Shotton, Jerome, Palacios.

  85. If you're having some strong premonitions, Stoke are rated at 5/1 to beat Man United according to our friends at Sky Bet while Javier Hernandez is 7/1 to score a brace.

  86. The rampant Red Devils, 3-1 victors over Chelsea last Sunday, are boosted by the return of Rio Ferdinand after three weeks out with a calf strain. However, red-hot hitman Wayne Rooney sits this one out. United are a point behind local rivals Manchester City at the summit.

  87. The fifth-placed hosts, who were thumped 4-0 by Sunderland in their last league test, are without Carling Cup casualty Kenwyne Jones (hamstring).

  88. History, pedigree and form suggests United will relish their prospects today, ripe conditions for an upset so argue the Potters faithful. Let's wait and see.

  89. Greetings and welcome to live commentary of Stoke's Premier League clash with Manchester United at Britannia Stadium.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Liverpool 35 80
2 Chelsea 35 75
3 Manchester City 34 74
4 Arsenal 35 70
5 Everton 35 69
6 Tottenham Hotspur 35 63
7 Manchester United 34 57
8 Southampton 35 49
9 Newcastle United 35 46
10 Stoke City 35 44
11 Crystal Palace 35 43
12 West Ham United 35 37
13 Swansea City 35 36
14 Hull City 34 36
15 Aston Villa 34 35
16 West Bromwich Albion 34 33
17 Norwich City 35 32
18 Cardiff City 35 30
19 Fulham 35 30
20 Sunderland 34 29