Crouch earns point against United

24 September 2011 07:35

Manchester United's 100% start to the Barclays Premier League season came to an end at the Britannia Stadium thanks to Peter Crouch's first goal for Stoke in a 1-1 draw.

United went into the game without Wayne Rooney - rumoured to have picked up a hamstring injury - and lost Javier Hernandez early on after he was tackled by Jonathan Woodgate, but took the lead in the 27th minute when Nani played a one-two with Darren Fletcher before clipping the ball past Asmir Begovic.

Red Devils goalkeeper David de Gea then pulled off great stops to deny Andy Wilkinson and Jon Walters, but the Spaniard had looked shaky dealing with crosses and it came as little surprise the hosts' 52nd-minute equaliser came from a corner, which Crouch met with his head to open his account for his new club.

Source: PA