Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City (02.02.2016) Live Commentary

There has been no time for the supporters to get bored during the game as it was full of action and thrilling moments. The hosts were controlling the game most of the time. The home side attempted to create scoring opportunities mostly with long balls. The away players intended to beat the opposition’s defence using mainly counter-attacks.
There will be no more action in this match because the referee has signalled that it has finished.
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Fourth official shows 3 min. of added time.
Substitution. Mata is making his way off the pitch with Andreas Pereira (Manchester United) coming on as his replacement.
This foul is worthy of a card! And it is a yellow shown by referee Roger East to the guilty Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).
Close! Memphis Depay (Manchester United) picks it up in space and from inside the penalty area sends a shot that sails inches wide of the right post.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) produces a lovely ball into the penalty area but the defender manages to intercept and comfortably averts the danger.
Louis van Gaal has decided to make a change. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) replaces Marouane Fellaini.
Manager makes a subsitution with Memphis Depay (Manchester United) coming on for Anthony Martial.
Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) takes the corner which is cleared by the opposition’s defence.
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the defenders is alert and spanks it away. The referee blows his whistle, Stoke City are awarded a corner kick.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) collects a pass and has an effort from 20 metres out, but it flies just over the crossbar.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Manchester United) with a teasing cross into the area, but Jack Butland (Stoke City) intercepts the ball.
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
The corner, delivered by Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City), is intercepted by David de Gea (Manchester United).
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) sends a sweet pass into the penalty area, but one of the defenders averts the danger. Stoke City win a corner.
Some great controlled play and passing from Manchester United. They are increasing the possession of the ball and waiting to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball.
The substitution is prepared. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Bojan Krkic.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) is awarded a yellow card for his tackle. He doesn’t seem to agree with the decision, but Roger East won’t hear any protests.
5:0 – this is the current statistic of shots on target.
Roger East shows a yellow card to Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) for a tough tackle.
Goal! Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) finishes from close range with an easy finish and he makes it 3:0. Assisted by Anthony Martial.
Goal disallowed! Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) scores but Roger East blows his whistle for a foul.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) latches on to an accurate pass on the edge of the box and immediately unleashes a shot which is wide of the mark.
The referee blows his whistle to signal the start of the second half.
It was a good decision to watch today’s encounter. There has already been more to be seen on the pitch prior to the half-time break than there is in most of the average games during the full 90 minutes. Even first half from both sides, and they’ve both had chances. The home team makes a lot of passes and attempts to maintain possession. The strategy of the visitors is counter-attacking.
The first half of today’s match has just finished.
1 additional min. will be played.
Mata (Manchester United) receives a sweet pass inside the box, but his effort on goal is blocked by the defender.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) times his run too early, and the assistant referee raises his flag, offside. The opposition will take an indirect free kick.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) sends a lofted cross into the box which is headed clear.
Mata (Manchester United) meets a cross from Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), but he cannot keep his header on target. It goes high over the crossbar.
Wow, what an escape. Mata (Manchester United) has an effort from inside the box but it’s brilliantly blocked.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) displays a brilliant individual play, gets inside the box and pulls the trigger. His promising effort is blocked by one of the defenders.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) is obviously not following the Golden Rule: „Treat others as you want to be treated.“ He makes a bad challenge, and Roger East is left with no other option than to blow for a foul.
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) blows a big chance to score! He slammed the ball from deep inside the box towards the net, but haven’t aimed well. He sent it narrowly over the crossbar.
Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) sends in the corner, but he fails to find the head of any of his teamamtes, and the the defence makes a clearance.
Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) collects a pass and has an effort from distance which is blocked. Stoke City have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
Jonathan Walters passes to Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City), but he produces a wild shot from the edge of the box. It goes high over the bar.
Mark Hughes is forced to make a change. Philipp Wollscheid is not able to carry on due to injury. He is replaced by Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City).
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) receives a quality pass and releases a rocket of a shot from distance. Unfortunately for him, his amazing effort goes just wide of the left post. The goalkeeper probably wouldn’t have saved this one.
Daley Blind (Manchester United) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
The ball is cleared after Anthony Martial (Manchester United) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. Manchester United have been awarded a corner kick.
Goal Anthony Martial (Manchester United)! Anthony Martial (Manchester United) was put through by Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) and he showed brilliant composure inside the box to fire into the right side of the net. 2:0.
Roger East calls for a foul. Daley Blind (Manchester United) comitted a foul as he was too aggressive in the battle for the ball.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) dribbles into the box, but David de Gea is quick enough to come off his line and stop him.
Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) lifts the ball into the box from the corner, but one of the defending players gets there first to head it clear.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Stoke City will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) and his stunning dribble! He zig-zags through the defence and gets in front of the keeper. He pretends shooting first and then strikes goalwards, but his effort misses the target by a whisker. Very unlucky for Anthony Martial (Manchester United). This could have been a legendary goal.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson sends a superb cross into the box, Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) latches on to it and from close range he plants a header that goes inside the left post, leaving Jack Butland beaten. He displays his eye for goal, an excellent finish. The score is 1:0.
Anthony Martial picks out Mata (Manchester United) unmarked inside the box, whose strike goes well wide of the right post.
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) commits an offensive foul and referee Roger East immediately signals a set piece.
Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) steps up to send the ball in.
A pass into the penalty area from Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) is intercepted by the defence. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Stoke City are going to take it.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) should know this behaviour is beyond the rules. He was too careless with his challenge and made Roger East blow the whistle.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) attempted to pick out a free teammate inside the box, but David de Gea (Manchester United) comes off the line to clear the ball away.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) produces a ferocious strike from the edge of the box. His dangerous effort, directed towards the left post, is blocked by Jack Butland (Stoke City) who pulls off a superb save to keep the ball out of the net.
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) meets a cross inside the box, but his header is blocked by an opposing player.
Daley Blind (Manchester United) goes over to take the corner kick and it looks like he will send the ball into the penalty box.
Mata (Manchester United) gets on the end of a pass and takes a shot from the edge of the box, but it’s blocked by one of the defending players. The main referee points to the corner flag, Manchester United will take a corner.
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