Theatre of Woes
Stoke City are still looking for a 1st point at Old Trafford since promotion to the premier league in 2008, after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Red Devils, but it could of been a much different story.
the Opening exchanges saw Stoke defending with all their might as Man Utd were dominant from the start but Stoke showed Van Gaal's men that the Mighty Potters would not lay down easily during this match.
It took until the 15th Minute of the match for Man Utd to get a clear cut chance, a horror of a pass from Potters keeper Asmir Begovic went Straight to Robin Van Persie and his lay off to Ander Herrera saw the red devil blast it over the bar from close range, Should of done better a let off for Stoke.
Just 5 mins later Ander Herrera made up for his mistake when his superb hanging cross found the head of Marouane Fellaini, who gets high and puts it low and into the stoke net. 1-0 to the hosts.
it was a goal that seemed to spur Stoke on to find a response and it was almost found, when a great cross from Erik Pieters almost found Bojan but the Utd Defender just getting in before to concede a corner. of which nothing transpired.
Man Utd then proceeded to dominate once more, however they were in for a shock. A superb mazy run from Bojan saw him break into the Utd box taking on 3 Players and beating them all, the ball then seemed to somehow squirm from under his feet with so many bodys around him, however it did not matter as the ball broke to the edge of the box, a thunderous strike from Steven Nzonzi pulled the potters Level.
for the rest of the first half it was pure dominance once again from Man Utd and perhaps could of been winning come the break. a bit of ping pong in the box from a Man Utd free kick saw the ball once again fall to Marouane Fellaini and from point blank range his shot was superbly saved by Begovic. HT 1-1.
Early in the second half Man Utd regained their lead, controversially that is. a free kick from Juan Mata seemed to go straight in and he claimed it as his own, however their could of been the faintest of touches from Marcos Rojo it wasnt clear if he had touched it or not but he was offside, Goal Given but Stoke may have a case.
for the rest of the match The home side continued to dominate and looked for a third, but stoke almost stole the show with the last kick off the game but somehow Stokes, Mame Biram Diouf didnt score. a powerful effort from Marko Arnautovic brought a brilliant save from David De Gea, the ball breaking to Diouf who despite being only a yard or two from the line see's his shot somehow cleared by Ashley Young. how it didnt go in from their only Diouf Knows.
Stoke were dominated in this match but should of walked away with at least a point, 3 defeats on the spin now for Stoke.
The festive season so far not so jolly for the Potters.