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The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, save by Asmir Begovic.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Owen. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Marc Wilson challenges Luis Nani unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Luis Nani.
Jermaine Pennant goes off and Cameron Jerome comes on.
Close range shot by Ryan Giggs misses to the left of the target.
Foul by Luis Nani on Jonathan Woodgate, free kick awarded. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Marc Wilson.
Peter Crouch has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Dean Whitehead coming on for Rory Delap.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Close range header by Peter Crouch goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Andy Wilkinson leaves the field to be replaced by Robert Huth.
Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball.
Jonathan Walters produces a cross, save made by David De Gea.
Headed effort from inside the area by Michael Owen misses to the right of the target.
Ryan Giggs takes a short corner.
Ryan Giggs crosses the ball, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs, Rory Delap manages to make a clearance.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Blocked by Glenn Whelan.
Jermaine Pennant produces a cross, save by David De Gea.
Ryan Giggs takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Asmir Begovic makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Jermaine Pennant, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.
Patrice Evra takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in. The offside flag is raised against Michael Owen. Ryan Giggs comes on in place of Ashley Young. Danny Welbeck replaces Dimitar Berbatov. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
The referee gives a free kick against Antonio Valencia for handball. Marc Wilson fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by David De Gea.
Unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Andy Wilkinson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Patrice Evra.
Marc Wilson produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
The ball is swung over by Jermaine Pennant.
Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Asmir Begovic.
The official flags Peter Crouch offside. Free kick taken by David De Gea.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Ashley Young. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant.
Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.
Jermaine Pennant sends in a cross.
Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Matthew Etherington, Peter Crouch finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Stoke 1-1 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Matthew Etherington.
The ball is sent over by Ashley Young.
Jonathan Walters concedes a free kick for a foul on Rio Ferdinand. David De Gea restarts play with the free kick.
Matthew Etherington delivers the ball, comfortable save by David De Gea.
The ball is sent over by Matthew Etherington, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Rory Delap.
Phil Jones takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Patrice Evra concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Pennant. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Etherington.
The ball is swung over by Jonathan Walters.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
Oliveira Anderson decides to take the corner short, The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, Andy Wilkinson manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line played to the near post.
Corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Peter Crouch.
Jermaine Pennant takes the inswinging corner, Close range header by Jonathan Woodgate goes over the crossbar.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. David De Gea makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Luis Nani, Jermaine Pennant manages to make a clearance.
Rory Delap produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
Jonathan Walters delivers the ball, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Andy Wilkinson gets a block in.
Effort on goal by Luis Nani from just inside the area clears the bar.
Matthew Etherington takes the inswinging corner, Unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Rory Delap results in a free kick. David De Gea takes the direct free kick.
Andy Wilkinson takes a shot. Save made by David De Gea.
Goal scored by Luis Nani from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 0-1 Man Utd.Assist by Darren Fletcher.
Unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Marc Wilson results in a free kick. Darren Fletcher takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Rio Ferdinand by Peter Crouch results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David De Gea.
Jermaine Pennant fouled by Oliveira Anderson, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Etherington crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Darren Fletcher.
Corner taken left-footed by Oliveira Anderson, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Dimitar Berbatov misses to the left of the goal.
Centre by Marc Wilson, blocked by Rio Ferdinand.
The ball is swung over by Jermaine Pennant, Phil Jones manages to make a clearance.
Andy Wilkinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Young. Oliveira Anderson restarts play with the free kick.
Peter Crouch takes a shot. Phil Jones gets a block in. Corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Peter Crouch has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
Michael Owen is brought on as a substitute for Javier Hernandez. Ashley Young takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Jonathan Walters manages to make a clearance.
Jermaine Pennant takes a shot. Phil Jones gets a block in.
Peter Crouch takes a shot. Blocked by Rio Ferdinand.
Unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Marc Wilson results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Luis Nani from right wing.
Unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Glenn Whelan results in a free kick. Glenn Whelan receives a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.
Jonathan Walters challenges Phil Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Oliveira Anderson restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken short by Matthew Etherington.
Jones to miss United visit
Stoke will definitely be without striker Kenwyne Jones for the Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United at the Britannia Stadium.
The Trinidad and Tobago international damaged a hamstring in the penalty shoot-out victory over Tottenham in the Carling Cup on Tuesday and, although the injury is not as bad as first feared, he is likely to be out until after next month's international break.
Salif Diao, Cameron Jerome and Jermaine Pennant have all been struggling with niggles this week while utility man Danny Pugh has joined Leeds on loan.
The test facing the Potters is a difficult one given United have started their season in rampant form having won their opening five Barclays Premier League games.
Manager Tony Pulis is under no illusions about the challenge facing his side, declaring United as the "best team in the world" at present.
"If you look at their team and the way they've started, I think United now have a better team than they had last year, and they won the Barclays Premier League title last year," said the Potters boss.
"It's going to be a tough test. We have to play to our maximum, we have to have things go for us, and United have to be a little bit short on the day.
"If they play to their maximum, they will beat any side in the world, and I put Barcelona in that because they have been pretty outstanding."
Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted Javier Hernandez has been lucky to emerge from a wild tackle by Ashley Cole unscathed - but revealed skipper Nemanja Vidic is no nearer a comeback from his calf problem.
The Manchester United manager feared the worst when Hernandez was caught by Cole during the second half of Sunday's 3-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford.
Hernandez limped off and it appeared he was set for an extended period on the sidelines.
However, the Mexican returned to training on Thursday and is in contention for the trip to Stoke.
"Hernandez is very lucky," Ferguson said. "At the time he had no feeling in the leg. There was numbness and we thought there might have been some nerve damage.
"But he trained very well yesterday (Thursday) and is available for tomorrow."
Hernandez's return means he and Danny Welbeck will be pushing for starting slots given that the latter returned from a hamstring problem in the midweek Carling Cup success at Leeds.
Chris Smalling (groin) is a doubt, but fellow England defender Rio Ferdinand is set to return from a calf injury.
Ferguson also revealed has no intention of joining the army of critics who have followed the Stoke bandwagon since it arrived in the Premier League four seasons ago.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was particularly aggrieved when young midfielder Aaron Ramsey had his leg broken in a meeting with the Potteries outfit.
Chelsea and Liverpool have also had their struggles, as have Manchester City. Indeed, the former two have already dropped points against Tony Pulis' men this season. That form is in marked contrast to United, who have secured six straight wins since Stoke came back into the top flight.
Little wonder Ferguson is not fazed by Stoke's unique threat, not that he feels there is a problem with it anyway.
"I've never criticised it (Stoke's style of play). It's never been a problem for us. Everyone plays to their strengths. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that," he added.
"You see the progress the team is making. They have signed two or three players, they are playing European football and having a right go.
"They have a great attitude and their support is brilliant. I love the atmosphere there. If you don't attend to that you just get engulfed."
Crouch inspires Stoke fightback
Manchester United's 100% start to the Barclays Premier League season came to an end at the Britannia Stadium after Peter Crouch's first goal for Stoke gave them 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 that the hosts' 52nd-minute equaliser came from a corner, which Crouch, recruited from Tottenham for a record #10million last month, met with his head to open his account for his new club.
The result means United leapfrog Manchester City to return to the top of the table, but they are only ahead of their derby rivals, who earlier beat Everton 2-0, on goal difference.
It was also just deserts for Stoke, who put in a battling performance and have now lost only once in 12 games in all competitions this term.
A trip to the Britannia Stadium had always promised to give a searching examination of De Gea's ability under the high ball and he looked insecure in the opening seconds, flapping at Rory Delap's first long throw into the box before the danger passed.
Moments later the Potters survived a scare of their own as Hernandez found himself through on goal.
Woodgate made a challenge from behind which sent the Mexican sprawling into the onrushing Begovic, but while Hernandez stayed down hurt and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson cried out for a penalty, referee Peter Walton allowed play to go on.
Glenn Whelan was then booked for upending Patrice Evra before Phil Jones saw his header from Anderson's free-kick cleared by Delap.
Hernandez was unable to continue and in the 11th minute came off for Michael Owen, scorer of two goals in the midweek Carling Cup win at Leeds.
Another Delap throw led to Stoke winning a corner and De Gea looked stranded when it came in from Matthew Etherington, with Crouch heading wide at the back post but penalised for climbing over Jones.
At the other end, Dimitar Berbatov - who had been called in as Rooney's replacement to make his first league start of the season - nodded Anderson's corner off target.
The deadlock was broken just before the half-hour mark when Nani linked up with Fletcher, burst into the area and fired past Begovic.
Within seconds, Stoke nearly equalised as De Gea did superbly to tip Wilkinson's fierce drive onto the woodwork.
Ponderous play from Begovic almost let in Nani to make it 2-0 but the Portugal international put his effort over the bar.
Back came Stoke, and after Delap had cracked a shot wide from distance De Gea produced another fantastic save to turn Walters' shot around the post.
Woodgate headed over from the resulting corner with De Gea again failing to convince in an aerial situation, and Crouch and Jermaine Pennant then both slid in to no avail in an attempt to get on the end of Walters' cross.
Having finished the first half strongly, Stoke picked up where they left off after the restart and seven minutes in, were level.
Etherington swung in a corner and with De Gea stood on his line, Crouch rose to head home.
Berbatov sent a shot into Begovic's arms, but it was Stoke who had all the momentum and Crouch looked set to score again when he brought down Pennant's chip in front of goal, only for De Gea to get in the way enough for the ball to deflect over.
Begovic then got down to save a low effort from Anderson and De Gea punched away Marc Wilson's firm free-kick.
After Ashley Young's strike had been batted away by Begovic, the former Aston Villa winger came off for Ryan Giggs while Danny Welbeck replaced Berbatov.
Giggs delivered a ball into the six-yard box, but Ryan Shawcross was on hand to get there ahead of Owen, who then looped a header over the bar.
Both sides had chances to win it towards the end, with Crouch sending a header and volley wide before Giggs fired over in stoppage time.
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