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Antonio Valencia is cautioned by the ref for time wasting.
The referee blows the whistle to end the game.
Phil Jones manages to make a clearance.
Clearance made by Patrice Evra.
Wayne Rooney restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Charlie Adam on Wayne Rooney, free kick awarded.
Jonathan Walters challenges David De Gea unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.
Charlie Adam fouled by Michael Carrick, the ref awards a free kick.
Unfair challenge on Antonio Valencia by Steven Nzonzi results in a free kick.
Jonny Evans restarts play with the free kick.
Peter Crouch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Carrick.
Michael Carrick takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Corner taken short by Robin van Persie.
Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Erik Pieters on Adnan Januzaj.
Antonio Valencia takes the free kick.
Robert Huth goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
Javier Hernandez fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick.
Corner taken by Charlie Adam.
Charlie Adam replaces Stephen Ireland.
Javier Hernandez scores with a header. Man Utd 3-2 Stoke.Assist by Patrice Evra.
The ball is crossed by Marc Wilson.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Robin van Persie. Wayne Rooney scores. Man Utd 2-2 Stoke.Robin van Persie provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick crossed by Wayne Rooney.
The ball is swung over by Antonio Valencia.
Chris Smalling goes off and Antonio Valencia comes on.
Centre by Patrice Evra.
Stephen Ireland concedes a free kick for a foul on Phil Jones.
Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Adnan Januzaj takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Patrice Evra manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adnan Januzaj by Erik Pieters.
Wilson Palacios goes off and Glenn Whelan comes on.
Javier Hernandez booked.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Javier Hernandez.
Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
Javier Hernandez is brought on as a substitute for Tom Cleverley.
Phil Jones fouled by Marc Wilson, the ref awards a free kick.
Michael Carrick takes a shot. Blocked by Wilson Palacios.
Foul by Wilson Palacios on Tom Cleverley, free kick awarded.
Corner taken by Wayne Rooney.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilson Palacios on Adnan Januzaj.
Stephen Ireland manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Robin van Persie.
Unfair challenge on Adnan Januzaj by Stephen Ireland results in a free kick.
Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Smalling on Steven Nzonzi.
Clearance by Chris Smalling.
A cross is delivered by Robin van Persie.
Adnan Januzaj joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luis Nani.
Robin van Persie produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Blocked by Jonathan Walters.
Wilson Palacios concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Cleverley.
Geoff Cameron manages to make a clearance.
Erik Pieters takes the free kick.
Foul by Chris Smalling on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded.
Robert Huth makes a clearance.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
Wayne Rooney sends in a cross.
(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Marc Wilson coming on for Marko Arnautovic.
The second half kicks off.
The whistle is blown to end the first half.
Luis Nani crosses the ball.
Clearance made by Steven Nzonzi.
The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra.
Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.
Steven Nzonzi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney.
Patrice Evra makes a clearance.
Marko Arnautovic finds the net with a shot from the free kick. Man Utd 1-2 Stoke.
Caution for Peter Crouch.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Jones on Marko Arnautovic.
Unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Patrice Evra results in a free kick.
Header at goal by Wayne Rooney. Asmir Begovic parries the ball but the danger is not over.
Erik Pieters manages to make a clearance.
Robin van Persie crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marko Arnautovic on Luis Nani.
Shot by Marko Arnautovic cleared the net.
Erik Pieters produces a cross.
The ball is sent over by Chris Smalling.
David De Gea takes the free kick.
Chris Smalling fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick.
Patrice Evra produces a cross.
Stephen Ireland concedes a free kick for a foul on Wayne Rooney.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrice Evra on Jonathan Walters.
Steven Nzonzi makes a clearance.
Jonathan Walters delivers the ball.
Shot by Luis Nani went wide left of the target.
Clearance by Patrice Evra.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. David De Gea fumbles the ball.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Shinji Kagawa.
Jonny Evans makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Wayne Rooney from the right by-line.
Clearance by Robert Huth.
Chris Smalling crosses the ball.
Robin van Persie is caught offside.
Shot by Robin van Persie. Geoff Cameron gets a block in.
Clearance by Ryan Shawcross.
Steven Nzonzi sends in a cross.
Clearance by Jonny Evans.
Peter Crouch has an effort at goal. Parried by David De Gea back into danger.
Erik Pieters crosses the ball.
Robin van Persie sends in a cross.
The referee gets the game underway.
RVP set for United return
Manager David Moyes has confirmed Robin van Persie should be fit to return for Manchester United when the Premier League champions entertain Stoke.
Van Persie sat out Wednesday's Champions League victory over Real Sociedad with a combination of niggling problems.
But it appears the Dutchman's absence will be a brief one.
"Robin has a good chance," said Moyes.
"He had a problem with his toes and a little bit with his groin. But he has had a little bit of training as well and he should be okay."
Moyes confirmed experienced defenders Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand were also progressing well.
However, England duo Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley remained on the sidelines.
"Danny has fluid on his knee," the Scot said. "Tom is still recovering from his calf."
Moyes refused to comment on reports United were set to offer striker Wayne Rooney a contract extension.
However, the Scot did admit Rooney was in top form at present.
"It's been great working with Wayne because he's an excellent footballer," he said.
"I've said from day one he's been great.
"He had a very good game in midweek. We want that form to continue. We want him to keep scoring goals.
"He is a big plus for us just now.
"I don't think it's me or anyone else. It's Wayne Rooney. He had to make sure he was the best he could be and he's done that.
"He's in good nick, his talent is unquestionable.
"He's physically very good, mentally in a good place and his form has been good."
After losing three times already this season, and recording only one victory in their four Premier League home games, United have fallen off the pace and head into the weekend eight points adrift of pacesetters Arsenal.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes on Thursday suggested his old club could not afford any further slip-ups and that there was an air of vulnerability about them that did not exist under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Evidently, Moyes does not agree.
"That might be Mark's opinion," said Moyes. "He's entitled to that but we'll wait and see.
"There's only two months of the season gone and there will be a lot of slip-ups by teams between now and the end of the season.
"We don't want to lose many more if we can help it."
Skipper Ryan Shawcross and defender Geoff Cameron are Stoke's major doubts.
Shawcross has not trained all week due to illness while Cameron missed last week's draw with West Brom after picking up a calf injury.
Potters boss Hughes has admitted he is still searching for the right striking blend to get Stoke firing.
The Potteries outfit head to Manchester United desperate to improve the worst scoring record in the Premier League.
City have managed just four goals in their eight league matches so far and drawn four blanks in their last five games.
It is a puzzle Hughes has tried to solve in a variety of ways. But the answer is proving elusive.
"I have looked at a number of combinations," said Hughes.
"Peter Crouch has had a run of games, so too Kenwyne Jones and Marko Arnautovic has played up top as well.
"It is a question of settling on one combination we feel works for us and will carry us through the vast majority of the season.
"At the moment we have not quite found it."
Hughes insists he does have faith in his attacking stars.
It is true that neither Crouch nor Jones have ever been prolific, whilst Arnautovic is taking time to find his feet following his summer arrival from Werder Bremen.
Yet Hughes is confident once they get on a roll the present problems will be forgotten.
"It is a confidence thing," he said.
"That goes hand in hand with your strikers when they are not scoring.
"Sometimes you need a bit of luck, something to fly off your ear.
"Once you get one you are off and running.
"The key to it is that you continue to work and do the right things in training.
"At some point things will change for you and the team. Once they get off and running they will be fine."
There could be no better place to break the cycle than Old Trafford, where Stoke have such an abysmal record.
They have lost on their last 10 visits and not recorded a win there since Alan Bloor scored the only goal in April 1976.
The incentive could not be greater, although for Hughes it promises to be a strange day.
For, after hundreds of visits to the stadium, as both player and manager, it will be the first time since he left for Barcelona in 1986 that he will not see Sir Alex Ferguson staring down from the home dug-out.
"I am sure it will feel a little bit strange not to see him walking down the touchline waving to the crowd like he has always done," said Hughes.
"He is still in the background. I was at the Real Sociedad game on Wednesday night and I had a few words with him.
"He was always going to leave his post at some point and I think he is comfortable with the decision he has made.
"He has left them as reigning champions so they're not in bad shape."
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