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Stoke   1 - 2   Man Utd

Javier Hernandez
Hernandez improvised an acrobatic header to give United the lead

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at the Britannia Stadium

Javier Hernandez filled the vacancy left by Wayne Rooney in style as Manchester United snatched their first away win of the Premier League season at Stoke City.

As Rooney celebrated his 25th birthday nursing an ankle injury in Dubai after pulling back from the brink and signing a new five-year deal at United, Hernandez struck twice to ensure a week of turbulence concluded with a crucial three points.

Hernandez gave United a first-half lead with an athletic header, but Sir Alex Ferguson's side looked in danger of failing to protect a lead once again when Stoke substitute Tuncay struck a stunning equaliser with nine minutes left.

Gary Neville excited by Hernandez talent

But it was Hernandez, the little Mexican with the poacher's instinct, who ensured the Stoke celebrations were brief when he turned home the winner from close range after 86 minutes.

Rooney may have been the talk of the pre-match build-up, but his name was barely heard among the hordes of United fans who were initially so infuriated by his desire to leave Old Trafford.

And while the names of former stars such as George Best, Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo echoed from the visitors' section, it was the Stoke supporters who made the most of Rooney's dramatic U-turn as they taunted United's followers about the striker's public concerns about the current strength of Ferguson's squad.

But with victory secured at a notoriously hostile and difficult location, United and Ferguson will now hope the agenda switches away from Rooney and back to the business of chasing down Chelsea at the Premier League summit.

Rooney may have been missing, but Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov more than made up for his absence as they provided a dangerous spearhead for United in the first half.

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The pair were involved as United sprang a counter-attack on Stoke from an early corner, but Hernandez headed Nani's cross behind his Bulgarian strike partner as he waited to finish the move off inside the area.

Stoke were reliant on trademark long throws from Rory Delap, but they did little to unsettle the United defence apart from one occasion when Robert Huth sent a glancing header well wide of the target.

United looked the more composed and ordered side - but Stoke boss Tony Pulis will have been furious at the manner in which they took the lead after 27 minutes as his side switched off at a United corner, with dire consequences.

Stoke gave Nani space to work a short corner with Patrice Evra, and when the Portuguese winger's delivery was met by Nemanja Vidic, Hernandez scored with an instinctive header.

Hernandez delighted with double

Hernandez almost added a second when Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen's clearance rebounded wide off the striker following a breakdown of communication with Abdoulaye Faye - but United were fortunate to end the half with 11 men.

Gary Neville had already been booked for a foul on Matthew Etherington when he brought the winger down with another reckless challenge.

Neville was relieved and the Britannia Stadium infuriated when referee Andre Marriner showed remarkable leniency to allow the defender, playing his 600th game for United, to escape further punishment.

Ferguson clearly feared Neville would not last the course and replaced him with Wes Brown at the start of the second half, although he was already on the pitch waiting for the restart when his number came up.

Pulis angry Neville not sent off

Chances were at a premium after the break, although Pulis realised Stoke needed to produce some semblance of danger to United. And the Britannia Stadium was unanimous in its approval of his decision to replace Jonathan Walters with Tuncay with 24 minutes left.

But it was United who almost struck again with another swift raid, this time from keeper Edwin van der Sar's throw. He picked out the unmarked Berbatov, and even though his cross found Hernandez, he was stretching and could only divert his effort across the face of goal.

Tuncay then gave Stoke City the moment of magic they required with a brilliant equaliser, curling an angled finish high past Van der Sar.

As the Britannia rocked in celebration, United gathered their forces for one final assault and Hernandez was the hero again, scoring from eight yards after Stoke failed to clear Evra's shot.

And it meant a week of turmoil ended with United's players celebrating wildly in front of their relieved, and ecstatic, fans.

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Sunday, 24 October 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Stoke 1-2 Man Utd FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Sanli 81
  • Hernandez 27
  • Hernandez 86

Stoke

Substitutes

Man Utd

Substitutes

Ref: MarrinerAtt: 27,372
STOKE
MAN UTD

Possession

  • Stoke 47%
  • Man Utd 53%

Attempts on target

  • Stoke 2
  • Man Utd 5

Attempts off target

  • Stoke 4
  • Man Utd 7

Corners

  • Stoke 5
  • Man Utd 6

Fouls

  • Stoke 6
  • Man Utd 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:34 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • 90:00+4:18 Corner taken short by Luis Nani.
  • 90:00+4:07 Luis Nani takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
  • Correction - 90:00+1:00 Corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Header from deep inside the area by Marc Wilson goes over the bar.
  • 90:00+1:00 Matthew Etherington takes a outswinging corner.
  • 89:51 Shot by Luis Nani from outside the box goes high over the target.
  • 89:13 Luis Nani takes a short corner.
  • 87:56 Unfair challenge on Abdoulaye Faye by Dimitar Berbatov results in a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
  • 86:27 Substitution Paul Scholes leaves the field to be replaced by Gabriel Obertan.
  • 85:28 Assist by Patrice Evra.
  • 85:28 GOAL - Javier HernandezStoke 1 - 2 Man Utd Javier Hernandez fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Stoke 1-2 Man Utd.
  • Correction - 82:31 Luis Nani takes a shot from 12 yards. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 82:31 Effort from 12 yards by Luis Nani. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 80:56 Assist by Marc Wilson.
  • 80:56 GOAL - Tuncay SanliStoke 1 - 1 Man Utd Tuncay Sanli grabs a goal from just outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Stoke 1-1 Man Utd.
  • 78:51 Corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
  • 77:59 Substitution Eidur Gudjohnsen joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jermaine Pennant.
  • 75:10 Unfair challenge on Rory Delap by Paul Scholes results in a free kick. Marc Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 74:29 Effort on goal by Dimitar Berbatov from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 73:15 The assistant referee signals for offside against Tuncay Sanli. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
  • 72:30 The offside flag is raised against Javier Hernandez. Thomas Sorensen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 71:31 Javier Hernandez produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 69:34 Substitution Michael Carrick replaces John O'Shea.
  • 64:57 Substitution Tuncay Sanli is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Walters.
  • 64:57 Paul Scholes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 64:57 Booking Marc Wilson is shown a yellow card.
  • 64:52 Marc Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Scholes.
  • 59:06 Robert Huth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Edwin Van der Sar. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 56:43 Substitution Danny Higginbotham on for Danny Collins.
  • 51:24 Danny Collins fouled by Dimitar Berbatov, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 49:35 Booking Danny Collins booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 49:07 Danny Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
  • 48:48 Matthew Etherington is ruled offside. Edwin Van der Sar takes the indirect free kick.
  • 47:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by John O'Shea. Jermaine Pennant takes the free kick.
  • 46:40 The referee blows for offside. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
  • 45:07 Substitution Wes Brown replaces Gary Neville.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:40 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 45:00+2:13 Shot from deep inside the area by Nemanja Vidic clears the crossbar.
  • 45:00+1:48 Corner taken short by Luis Nani.
  • 45:00+1:18 Rory Delap gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Paul Scholes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 43:48 Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani, Patrice Evra produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
  • 41:50 Gary Neville concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Etherington. Free kick taken by Matthew Etherington.
  • 39:59 Marc Wilson takes the direct free kick.
  • 39:59 Booking Booking for Paul Scholes for unsporting behaviour.
  • 39:49 Foul by Paul Scholes on Jermaine Pennant, free kick awarded.
  • 37:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrice Evra on Jermaine Pennant. Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
  • 34:05 Booking Gary Neville is shown a yellow card.
  • 33:49 Unfair challenge on Matthew Etherington by Gary Neville results in a free kick. Danny Collins takes the free kick.
  • 29:58 Darren Fletcher concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenwyne Jones. Direct free kick taken by Danny Collins.
  • 27:44 Paul Scholes challenges Jermaine Pennant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marc Wilson takes the direct free kick.
  • 26:27 The assist for the goal came from Nemanja Vidic.
  • 26:27 GOAL - Javier HernandezStoke 0 - 1 Man Utd Javier Hernandez finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Stoke 0-1 Man Utd.
  • 25:51 Corner taken by Luis Nani.
  • 22:57 Abdoulaye Faye concedes a free kick for a foul on Javier Hernandez. Luis Nani produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Rory Delap.
  • 20:44 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, John O'Shea makes a clearance.
  • 19:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Patrice Evra. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, Darren Fletcher makes a clearance.
  • 18:32 Matthew Etherington produces a drilled left-footed shot from 30 yards. Blocked by Jonathan Walters.
  • 16:38 Robert Huth produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 15:15 Luis Nani challenges Matthew Etherington unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
  • 14:38 Matthew Etherington takes the inswinging corner, save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 13:25 Luis Nani takes a short corner.
  • 13:05 Shot from 18 yards from Patrice Evra. Danny Collins gets a block in.
  • 12:08 Effort from a long way out by Rory Delap goes wide left of the goal.
  • 11:19 Kenwyne Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrice Evra. Patrice Evra restarts play with the free kick.
  • 9:20 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Danny Collins gets a block in.
  • 8:43 Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball.
  • 8:00 A cross is delivered by Matthew Etherington.
  • 6:41 Jermaine Pennant takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by John O'Shea.
  • 4:43 Unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Luis Nani results in a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 4:01 Jonathan Walters has an effort at goal from long range that goes wide left.
  • 4:01 Long range shot from Marc Wilson misses to the left of the target.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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24 Oct 2010 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 24 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 9 23 22
2 Arsenal 9 11 17
3 Man Utd 9 8 17
4 Man City 9 4 17
5 Tottenham 9 3 15
6 West Brom 9 -2 15
7 Sunderland 9 1 12
8 Bolton 9 0 12
9 Newcastle 9 1 11
10 Aston Villa 9 -4 11
11 Everton 9 1 10
12 Birmingham 9 -2 10
13 Stoke 9 -3 10
14 Blackpool 9 -7 10
15 Wigan 9 -9 10
16 Fulham 9 -1 9
17 Blackburn 9 -2 9
18 Liverpool 9 -5 9
19 Wolves 9 -7 6
20 West Ham 9 -10 6

see also
Ferguson hails Hernandez's winner
24 Oct 10 |  Premier League
'Time will heal' Rooney ructions
24 Oct 10 |  Man Utd
Sunday's football as it happened
24 Oct 10 |  Football
Sunday's Premier League photos
24 Oct 10 |  Premier League



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