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Luis Nani decides to take the corner short.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
Matthew Etherington takes a outswinging corner.
Matthew Etherington takes the outswinging corner, Header from deep inside the area by Marc Wilson goes over the bar.
Luis Nani takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
Short corner worked by Luis Nani.
Dimitar Berbatov challenges Abdoulaye Faye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
Gabriel Obertan comes on in place of Paul Scholes.
Javier Hernandez scores a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Stoke 1-2 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Patrice Evra.
Shot from 12 yards by Luis Nani. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
Shot by Luis Nani. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
Tuncay Sanli grabs a goal from just outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Stoke 1-1 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Marc Wilson.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
Jermaine Pennant goes off and Eidur Gudjohnsen comes on.
Paul Scholes challenges Rory Delap unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marc Wilson takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Dimitar Berbatov goes over the bar.
The referee blows for offside. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
Javier Hernandez is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Javier Hernandez produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
(Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Michael Carrick coming on for John O'Shea.
Unfair challenge on Paul Scholes by Marc Wilson results in a free kick. Marc Wilson is booked. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick. Tuncay Sanli is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Walters.
Robert Huth concedes a free kick for a foul on Edwin Van der Sar. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
Danny Higginbotham comes on in place of Danny Collins.
Danny Collins fouled by Dimitar Berbatov, the ref awards a free kick. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
Luis Nani fouled by Danny Collins, the ref awards a free kick. Rio Ferdinand takes the free kick. Booking for Danny Collins for unsporting behaviour.
The referee blows for offside against Matthew Etherington. Indirect free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by John O'Shea results in a free kick. Jermaine Pennant restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from inside the area by Nemanja Vidic clears the bar.
The referee blows for offside against Jonathan Walters. Edwin Van der Sar takes the indirect free kick.
Rory Delap challenges Luis Nani unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
(Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Wes Brown coming on for Gary Neville.
Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani, Header from deep inside the area by Patrice Evra goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Gary Neville challenges Matthew Etherington unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Etherington takes the free kick.
Paul Scholes concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Pennant. Booking for Paul Scholes for unsporting behaviour. Marc Wilson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Patrice Evra. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jermaine Pennant.
Unfair challenge on Matthew Etherington by Gary Neville results in a free kick. Danny Collins takes the direct free kick. Caution for Gary Neville.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by Darren Fletcher. Danny Collins takes the direct free kick.
Paul Scholes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant. Free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
Javier Hernandez finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Stoke 0-1 Man Utd.Assist on the goal came from Nemanja Vidic.
Outswinging corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line.
Unfair challenge on Javier Hernandez by Abdoulaye Faye results in a free kick. Luis Nani produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Rory Delap.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington, clearance by John O'Shea.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrice Evra on Jermaine Pennant. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, Darren Fletcher makes a clearance.
Matthew Etherington has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Blocked by Jonathan Walters.
Header from close in by Robert Huth misses to the left of the target.
Luis Nani gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Etherington. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
Short corner taken by Luis Nani.
Patrice Evra takes a shot. Danny Collins gets a block in.
Effort from a long way out by Rory Delap goes wide left of the net.
Foul by Kenwyne Jones on Patrice Evra, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Patrice Evra.
Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Danny Collins gets a block in.
Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball.
Centre by Matthew Etherington.
Jermaine Pennant takes the inswinging corner, John O'Shea manages to make a clearance.
Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Pennant. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Shot from a long way out by Marc Wilson goes wide of the left-hand post.
Long distance shot from Jonathan Walters misses to the left of the goal.
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
The referee blows for half time.
The game restarts for the second half.
Stoke sweat on Fuller
Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller will undergo a late fitness test to see if can play any part in Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United at the Britannia Stadium.
Fuller has had problems with a recurring shoulder injury and was rushed to hospital during the 2-1 defeat at Bolton last weekend following an awkward fall.
Aside from long-term absentee Mamady Sidibe, Potters boss Tony Pulis has no other injury concerns, but may give a chance to goalkeeper Asmir Begovic after Thomas Sorensen made an error at the Reebok Stadium in the build-up to a goal.
Pulis has paid tribute to the Manchester United academy which provided him with his current captain Ryan Shawcross.
Shawcross, who came through the youth ranks at Old Trafford before joining the Potters on loan and then on a permanent basis in the 2007-2008 campaign, faces his old club as skipper and with last season's call-up to the England squad to his name.
The 23-year-old is one of several Stoke players who were on United's books at a young age and Pulis feels the quality of their development there has been clear to see.
"Ryan will enjoy it because he is playing in the Premier League, he is playing for a good club and he will be playing against a great club - and the club that gave him his start," Pulis said.
"I have to say, you look at the players we have taken who were at Manchester United as young players, and their attitudes are absolutely fantastic.
"We've got Danny Pugh, Danny Higginbotham and Shawcross and they are absolutely great lads - it is testament to the way Manchester United bring their kids up."
Although they have pulled off plenty of impressive results in the top flight since their promotion from the Championship just over two years ago, Stoke are yet to earn a point from four encounters with United.
They go into tomorrow's clash at the Britannia Stadium having failed to score a single goal in any of those games while shipping 12, and Pulis is hoping his side's luck is about to change.
"The two clubs that we have really not managed to break into have been Chelsea and Manchester United, and over the last two and a half years they have been the leaders in our league," Pulis said.
"It would be nice if we could do it on Sunday, but I certainly won't be taking anything for granted. We are going to have to have the maximum from everyone - we won't be able to carry a single player.
"I think we have been closer to Chelsea - we just haven't had that little bit of luck, so fingers crossed on Sunday we will get it."
Wayne Rooney suffered an ankle injury in training on Tuesday as the storm over his United future raged and has now been ruled out for three weeks.
Ryan Giggs (hamstring) and Jonny Evans (hip) are also sidelined as United attempt to pick up their first away win of the season.
Chris Smalling would love a chance to face Stoke's battery of aerial power.
After continuing his impressive start to life at Manchester United with an effective performance in Wednesday's Champions League triumph over Bursaspor at Old Trafford, Smalling could be forgiven for wanting to swerve a date with Kenwyne Jones.
A trip to the Britannia Stadium hardly represents a nice day out for defenders, especially when Rory Delap is winding up to take one of his notoriously long throws.
But for Smalling, it would represent an opportunity to relish. And he is certain Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand feel exactly the same way.
"I played at Stoke last year with Fulham," he recalled. "You get knocked about a bit and there is an aerial bombardment.
"Those long throws are an obvious danger but I relish that type of challenge.
"If Delap is going to put it into the box, any of the centre-backs we have here will want to go and attack it.
"You want to be the dominant force over your striker."
A bit of turbulence in the Stoke attack should be coped with easily compared to the disturbance that has had to be encountered off the field at United this week.
Now Rooney's future is assured for the next five years, some clarity and certainty has been brought to the situation.
For Smalling, it was a first experience of what life at Old Trafford is all about.
"Sir Alex is a real joy to work with," said the England Under-21 star.
"He doesn't rest on his laurels. He has won more trophies than any other manager but he is still there, out on the training field.
"Just to see him gives real enthusiasm to the young lads.@
Hernandez proves United striker to watch
Wayne Rooney may have been absent as he celebrated his 25th birthday, but his presence loomed large at the Britannia Stadium as Manchester United's faltering Barclays Premier League title challenge stuttered back into life with a 2-1 win at Stoke.
Rooney was persuaded this week that Sir Alex Ferguson's men remain the team to beat, but an extraordinary few days at Old Trafford looked set for a miserable finish when Stoke substitute Tuncay hit a sublime 82nd-minute equaliser to cancel out Javier Hernandez's first-half header.
However, summer acquisition Hernandez found time to sweep in a late winner which ended a long wait for an away league victory and closed the gap on leaders Chelsea to five points.
Central to Rooney's push for a move away was a claim that the club, burdened with debt ever since the Glazer family's takeover, could no longer match his ambition by attracting the world's top players.
While that may be true to some extent, Hernandez is looking a more astute purchase by the game as he notched his fourth and fifth goals since joining from Guadalajara for around #7million over the summer.
Facing away from goal, the little Mexican still managed to open the scoring in the 27th minute with the back of his head in what was a fine piece of finishing.
Gary Neville was then incredibly fortunate not to be sent off at the end of the first half when referee Andre Marriner declined to show him a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Matthew Etherington.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis will be understandably furious with the decision, but the fact remains that despite dictating play for large periods the Potters were unable to test Edwin van der Sar once until Tuncay's fine strike.
And that lack of cutting edge proved crucial when Hernandez reacted quickly to poke in the winner with four minutes left.
The home side had enjoyed a spell of pressure before United forged ahead through Hernandez.
Nani worked a short corner with Patrice Evra and when Nemanja Vidic headed the ball back across the face of goal, the Mexican international was able to flick home his header despite facing away from goal.
Stoke responded well as they again dictated play and Neville became the first name in referee Andre Marriner's book for a clumsy challenge on Matthew Etherington.
Neville was then extremely lucky not to see red after another mistimed challenge on Etherington.
Neville surprisingly reappeared with the rest of United's players at the break but was then humiliatingly instantly replaced by Wes Brown before the half could kick-off.
Pulis introduced Tuncay and Eidur Gudjohnsen in a bid to add more quality in the final third and the two combined in an 82nd-minute equaliser.
Paul Scholes gave the ball away and after Kenwyne Jones and Gudjohnsen linked up, Marc Wilson swept a fabulous pass out wide to the Turk.
Tuncay cut inside onto his left foot to sweep a stunning finish over the head of Van der Sar and into the top corner.
It was the first goal Stoke had managed past United since Mark Stein's double in a League Cup tie in 1993 and was well worth the wait.
Ferguson's men could write the book on late goals, however, and Hernandez was again the crucial man as he poked in Evra's mis-hit shot from five yards with just four minutes left.
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