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The ball is sent over by Luis Nani.
The ball is delivered by Ricardo Fuller, Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.
Dean Whitehead concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Owen. Free kick taken by Darren Fletcher.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs played to the near post. Ryan Giggs is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Luis Nani decides to take the corner short, Centre by Rafael Da Silva.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Patrice Evra. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Ryan Giggs produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Michael Carrick is brought on as a substitute for Darron Gibson. Michael Owen on for Javier Hernandez.
(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Ricardo Fuller coming on for Kenwyne Jones.
Centre by Luis Nani, save made by Asmir Begovic.
Effort on goal by Javier Hernandez from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Matthew Etherington leaves the field to be replaced by Jermaine Pennant. Jonathan Walters comes on in place of Rory Delap.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in. Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Dean Whitehead gets a block in.
Rory Delap concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrice Evra. Tomasz Kuszczak takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Rory Delap. Tomasz Kuszczak takes the direct free kick.
Danny Collins challenges Luis Nani unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Giggs takes the direct free kick.
A goal is scored by Luis Nani from just outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-1 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from Javier Hernandez.
Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Luis Nani, Andy Wilkinson makes a clearance.
Matthew Etherington delivers the ball.
The ball is swung over by Matthew Etherington.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Marc Wilson gets a block in. Corner taken by Ryan Giggs played to the near post, Header by Chris Smalling from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Rafael Da Silva produces a cross.
Darron Gibson takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Robert Huth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Javier Hernandez. Free kick taken by Darren Fletcher.
Dean Whitehead grabs a headed goal from close in. Man Utd 1-1 Stoke.Assist by Tuncay Sanli.
Danny Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Nani. Free kick taken by Luis Nani.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Fletcher by Marc Wilson. Free kick taken by Chris Smalling.
The ball is crossed by Robert Huth, Tuncay Sanli has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
The ball is swung over by Matthew Etherington, Darren Fletcher makes a clearance.
Darren Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tuncay Sanli. Ryan Shawcross restarts play with the free kick.
Darren Fletcher sends in a cross.
Rory Delap crosses the ball.
Effort from just outside the area by Matthew Etherington goes over the target.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot.
Centre by Ryan Giggs.
Luis Nani has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Matthew Etherington by Rafael Da Silva results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Matthew Etherington from left channel.
Marc Wilson takes a shot.
Unfair challenge on Dimitar Berbatov by Robert Huth results in a free kick. Luis Nani fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Centre by Andy Wilkinson, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
A goal is scored by Javier Hernandez from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Stoke.Assist by Luis Nani.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Danny Collins. Shot comes in from Ryan Giggs from the free kick.
Ryan Giggs crosses the ball, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross. Shot from close range by Dimitar Berbatov misses to the right of the goal.
Rafael Da Silva crosses the ball, clearance made by Robert Huth.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic by Rory Delap. Tomasz Kuszczak restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani.
The ball is sent over by Darron Gibson, clearance by Andy Wilkinson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tuncay Sanli on Darren Fletcher. Direct free kick taken by Darren Fletcher.
Ryan Giggs delivers a pass corner to short, save by Asmir Begovic.
Darron Gibson takes a shot. Rory Delap gets a block in.
Centre by Danny Collins.
Javier Hernandez is ruled offside. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Andy Wilkinson takes a shot. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line played to the near post, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
Javier Hernandez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead. Free kick crossed by Matthew Etherington, clearance by Darron Gibson.
Rafael Da Silva challenges Marc Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
The ball is swung over by Darren Fletcher, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
Long distance shot from Darron Gibson misses to the left of the goal.
Matthew Etherington concedes a free kick for a foul on Rafael Da Silva. Luis Nani takes the free kick.
Matthew Etherington fouled by Rafael Da Silva, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Danny Collins.
The ball is crossed by Luis Nani.
Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
A cross is delivered by Javier Hernandez, save by Asmir Begovic.
The match begins.
The whistle is blown to end the first half.
The referee gets the second half started.
The referee signals the end of the game.
Sir Alex Ferguson will need to check on the fitness of Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra and Darron Gibson before finalising his Manchester United line-up to face Stoke on Tuesday.
Rooney is the most obvious worry after getting a nasty kick on his ankle by Chris Brunt at West Brom on Saturday but Evra and Gibson also finished the game moving at less than full tilt and Ferguson will need to be reassured about their fitness before picking any of them.
Nani (hip) might be available, while skipper Nemanja Vidic escaped suspension for his fifth booking of the season, which came one day after the December 31 cut-off point.
Darren Fletcher has warned United should not be sucked in by the belief Stoke are just a team of long-ball merchants.
Tony Pulis' in-form Potteries outfit head to Old Trafford trying to prevent their hosts making it a 20-match unbeaten start to the season.
United are one of the few sides they seem incapable of ruffling, having lost all five encounters since their return to the top flight.
And the key may be the fact Ferguson's men are not just prepared for an aerial bombardment. They also recognise Stoke can play a bit too.
"Stoke can be physical at times," said the Scotland skipper.
"They put long throws and free-kicks into the box and are willing to go direct. But that is not to neglect the football players they have. Matthew Etherington and Jermaine Pennant like to get at you and dribble.
"Tuncay and Ricardo Fuller are good, attacking-style players who like the ball at their feet too, so they do have options and can cause problems on the ground."
On their past two trips to Old Trafford, Stoke have conceded nine goals, without scoring once.
Indeed, a secret weapon in combating Rory Delap's long throws has been established.
Without being aware of it, the slope that surrounds the perimeter of Old Trafford prevents Delap launching his bombs in quite the same way, reducing the effectiveness of that particular avenue of Stoke attack.
"Against Stoke, some teams would rather defend the corner than the throw-in," admitted Fletcher.
"But the slope at Old Trafford stops them building up momentum. The pitch is bigger as well so maybe they can't get the throws quite as far into the box.
"It is still a danger but we prepare for it. We do our homework and try to manage it the best way we can."
Stoke defender Robert Huth is available again after suspension.
Huth was forced to sit out the victory over Everton at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
Fuller is looking to retain his place up front alongside Kenwyne Jones ahead of Jon Walters.
Jones is determined to enjoy his football and put his personal worries to one side.
According to Stoke manager Pulis, the striker is trying to cope with a family tragedy which he believes affected his performances in recent weeks.
Jones responded with his first goal in six games in the victory against Everton.
In an interview on the club website, Jones said: "When it comes to football it does tend to take your mind off stuff. Problems are part of life and sometimes it does tend to spill over into football.
"In football you have to enjoy every day that you have because when its finished, that's it."
It was Jones' seventh goal for the club following his £8million arrival from Sunderland in August.
"In the past weeks, chances have been few so it was good to be off the mark again, " he said.
"It was a great way to start the new year.
"Things are going well and we are looking forward to going there (to Old Trafford) and doing our best."
Pulis was delighted to see Jones end his duck with a powerful first-half header to put Stoke in front.
The striker's flick-on was then turned into his own net by Phil Jagielka for the second goal.
Pulis told the Stoke Sentinel: "There had been a few moans and groans, but you get that at most grounds. But the fans were brilliant with him in this game, and I am so pleased for him.
"He has had an issue off the field that might have affected him a bit, but we haven't put any pressure on him. We have let him deal with it himself.
"I was very pleased when he scored the goal. That gave him the confidence to play as well as he did."
And Pulis is convinced there is more to come from his seven-goal top scorer.
He added: "Although Kenwyne's performances maybe dipped a little bit, we have great belief in him."
Nani helps United maintain unbeaten run
Manchester United's unbeaten fight for the Premier League title reached 20 matches at Old Trafford as Javier Hernandez and Nani scored the goals that sank Stoke 2-1.
Dean Whitehead had headed home a shock leveller for the visitors at the start of the second half but Sir Alex Ferguson's men deserved their latest triumph.
It took United's tally to 19 points out of the last 21 and opened up a lead of three points over Manchester City and five on Arsenal ahead of their meeting at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
Yet rarely can such impressive and imposing statistics be greeted with such an underwhelming response, which is possibly the strangest aspect of a very strange season, which Hernandez at least has plenty of reason to enjoy.
When Hernandez was considering the delights that awaited in his first season at United, it is fair to assume Stoke would not have been top of his list. But long after he has returned to Mexico, he will remember his meetings with the men from the Potteries.
In October it was that jaw-dropping back header, which even a renowned exponent such as Andy Gray admitted he would have struggled to emulate in his heyday.
This effort was no less audacious. Nipping in front of former United defender Ryan Shawcross at the near post, Hernandez reacted quickly as Nani drilled over a low cross.
Letting the ball run behind him, he quickly flicked back his right leg and turned it at right angles, into a goal that Asmir Begovic thought he had covered.
It was Hernandez's ninth goal of the season and his second in four days.
Little wonder Ferguson had enough faith in the striker not to worry too much about the absence of Wayne Rooney, who watched on from an executive suite in the company of Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones.
Rio Ferdinand was missing too, rested ahead of Sunday's FA Cup tie with Liverpool, which allowed Chris Smalling to make his first league start.
Not that the England Under-21 defender had that much to do as United dominated proceedings without carving out too many clear-cut opportunities.
Dimitar Berbatov had one after Ryan Giggs' shot deflected into his path off Shawcross.
But, although the Bulgarian controlled brilliantly, under pressure from Marc Wilson, he prodded wide rather than into the same corner Hernandez found shortly afterwards.
The overwhelming feeling at half-time was of the hosts once again scraping by without really exuding any of the class expected.
And five minutes after the restart they were pegged back as Whitehead nipped between Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra to nod home Tuncay's cross unchallenged.
It was the centre-piece of a period of genuine Stoke pressure and brought the Potteries outfit their first Old Trafford goal since 1980.
And for while a nervousness and anxiety betrayed United's play.
Berbatov ranted at Nani for not passing to him quickly enough as another home attack broke down in its infancy.
Yet if their actual play leaves many doubters unconvinced about their actual merits in comparison to Ferguson teams of old, the Red Devils' durability cannot be questioned.
And when Danny Collins failed to get tight to Nani as he collected Hernandez's pass on the edge of the area, the Portugal winger turned swiftly before finding the bottom corner with a precise curling shot.
Although there has been the odd outstanding performance, such as the one that brought seven goals against Blackburn, it is upon such magical moments that United's season has been built thus far.
The late introduction of Michael Owen for his first appearance of the winter, and his run to reach a Nani cross that did not bounce kindly for him in stoppage time, suggests Ferguson does have options than Arsenal and Chelsea in particular cannot match.
It was the presence of another former Liverpool man, Jermaine Pennant, that the crowd chose to highlight as attention switched to Sunday's FA Cup tie with the ailing Merseysiders, which will presumably not peter out as this did.
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