Manchester United 2-1 Stoke City (02.12.2014) Live Commentary

It was a very watchable match. Great goals and there was plenty of action at both ends of the pitch. No regrets about following this game. The hosts were controlling the game most of the time. The home team made a lot of passes and attempted to maintain possession. The away side’s tactic was counter-attacking.
The referee blows his whistle for the final time to end this match.
Jonathan Moss shows a yellow card to Marc Wilson (Stoke City) for a tough tackle.
Mame Diouf (Stoke City) is the first to arrive to a rebounded ball inside the penalty area and unleashes a quick low strike towards the middle of the goal, but one of the defenders makes a superb goal-line clearance.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) picks up a lofted cross inside the box and releases a quick shot to the middle of the goal. His promising effort is denied by David de Gea (Manchester United), who pulls off a stunning save!
The assistant referee signals offside, and the main referee confirms his decision. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) is the one who was caught offside.
Mame Diouf (Stoke City) creates himself some space inside the goal-mouth and connects with the resulting free kick. His header would have probably ended in the middle of the goal, but David de Gea pulls off a superb reflex save and thwarts his effort.
The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) is coming onto the pitch as Mata cannot continue after picking up an injury.
A yellow card for a tackle by Ashley Young (Manchester United). Jonathan Moss doesn’t hesitate at all to make this decision. Stoke City are awarded a free kick.
4 additional min. will be played.
Mame Diouf (Stoke City) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition’s defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack.
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That was a poorly executed free kick from long distance. Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) was trying to produce a cross into the penalty area, but his effort sailed off the pitch. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Manchester United.
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) tackles a bit over-zealously. Jonathan Moss blows for a foul. Stoke City are given an advantage. They have a free kick.
Louis van Gaal decides to make a substitution. Ander Herrera is going off the pitch and Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) is coming on.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) attempts to send a cross in order to find one of his teammates. The opposition’s defence averts the danger by intercepting the effort.
Steven N’Zonzi (Stoke City) makes a rough challenge and Jonathan Moss blows his whistle for a foul.
The referee gives a time for a substitution. Stephen Ireland will be replaced by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) does his best to catch the ball into the box from a cross, but he isn’t successful. The ball goes out-of-play and Manchester United will have a goal kick.
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) found some space to play in a lofted pass, but it didn’t meet his expactations as none of his teammates managed to connect with it.
Here is a change. James Wilson is going off and Louis van Gaal gives the last tactical orders to Falcao (Manchester United).
The game has come to an end for Oussama Assaidi. He has contributed as much as he could today. He will be replaced by the fresh legs of Peter Crouch (Stoke City).
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wastes a big opportunity! He controls the ball after a nice low pass and shoots the ball towards the goal from a promising distance. His poor effort goes miles wide of the right post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Stoke City.
Marouane Fellaini sends a lofted pass into the box, Robin van Persie (Manchester United) shows good awareness to connect with it but drags his shot well wide of the right post. The ball goes out-of-play and Stoke City will have a goal kick.
Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) makes an awful challenge on his opponent and can count himself very lucky for not receiving a red card from the referee.
The resulting corner, taken by Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City), comes to nothing.
A promising cross into the box is nearly received by lurking Stephen Ireland (Stoke City). One of the defending players cuts out the effort to avert the threat. It will be a corner kick for Stoke City.
James Wilson (Manchester United) goes on a mazy run, gets into the box and from around the penalty spot he misses the target. What a chance that was! The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Stoke City.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) stands over the resultant free kick from 27 metres out and his shot goes well wide of the left post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Manchester United.
Jonathan Moss blows the whistle. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) commits a foul after a dangerous play. Stoke City earn a free kick.
The percentage of ball possession is – 64:36.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared.
Manchester United seem to be finding their feet as they enjoy some possession. They are waiting for the right moment to create new attacking opportunities.
Ander Herrera (Manchester United) is awarded a yellow card for his tackle. He doesn’t seem to agree with the decision, but Jonathan Moss won’t hear any protests.
Mata (Manchester United) produces a direct effort from a long-range free kick. The shot leaves everyone’s jaw dropped as it ends up inside the left post. Exceptional goal.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) sees a yellow card from Jonathan Moss after he sent one of the opposing players to the ground. That’s a free kick to Manchester United.
Manchester United hold possession of the ball and display neat passing move from player to player. They are waiting for the right moment to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) hasn’t suffered any serious injury which wouldn’t allow him to stay on the pitch. He’s back in the game now.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) picked up an injury.
Ander Herrera (Manchester United) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) swings in a cross from the corner, but Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) reads it well and gathers the ball.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out. Manchester United force a corner. They send men into the box.
An offensive foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) was seen by Jonathan Moss who didn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
Ashley Young is able to continue with an attacking effort as he latches on to a beautiful defence-splitting lofted pass, which was sent by Ander Herrera (Manchester United). Ashley Young (Manchester United) clips an inviting cross into the box, but there’s no one in a position to get on the end of it.
Mata (Manchester United) takes a long-range free kick and whips it into the box. The goalkeeper reads it well and leaps high to intercept the ball.
Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) is obviously not following the Golden Rule: „Treat others as you want to be treated.“ He makes a bad challenge, and Jonathan Moss is left with no other option than to blow for a foul. There is a free kick near the sideline to Manchester United.
Steven N’Zonzi (Stoke City) attempts to send a pass but the effort is blocked.
The referee blows his whistle to signal the start of the second half.
We can hope that the managers will be able to motivate the players and stir them to improve their performance for after the half-time break. We haven’t seen really exciting football in the previous 45 minutes. The hosts were superior in their performance through the first half. They were more active and precise. The home team makes a lot of passes and attempts to maintain possession. As for the away side, it’s obvious that defence has the highest priority for them.
The referee blows his whistle for half-time, so nothing more will happen in the first half of this match.
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates. The ball is easily cleared out of danger.
Fourth official shows 1 min. of added time.
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players. Manchester United get a chance to score from a corner kick.
Asmir Begovic pulls off a great save to deny Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) who makes himself some space inside the box and unleashes a quick low drive towards the middle of the goal.
The free kick is delivered by Ashley Young (Manchester United) but it is not one of his best and easily cleared.
This foul is worthy of a card! And it is a yellow shown by referee Jonathan Moss to the guilty Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City). Manchester United have a free kick.
The ball rebounds and arrives at the feet of Steven N’Zonzi (Stoke City) just outside the box. He doesn’t think twice and fires a brilliant shot that goes inside the right post. His attempt was beyond the reach of David de Gea, so the score changes to 1:1.
Manchester United hold the ball and are exchanging some long passes.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) attempts to slip the ball through the defence, but is unable to find any of his teammates.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Asmir Begovic, who smothers the ball.
Jonathan Moss blows the whistle. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) brings one of his opponents down with a harsh tackle. Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) tries to take his opponent by surprise with a quick free kick.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) sends a cross into the box, but Asmir Begovic comes off his line to gather the ball.
Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) launches a powerful cross from the corner into the box, but the ball is intercepted by the defender.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) aims a lovely cross into the penalty area. Nevertheless, the opponent’s defence is alert and averts the danger with a brilliant clearance. The assistant referee makes a right call and Stoke City will have a corner.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) produces a quality pass into the box, the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball and spanks it away.
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) crosses the ball into the box, but one of the defending players averts the threat.
The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Manchester United.
Nice passing game presented by Manchester United. They are increasing the possession with a series of long passes and waiting for the right moment to create an attacking opportunity.
A pass by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
Ander Herrera produces a beautiful lofted cross into the box, where Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) rises high to head the ball low into the middle of the goal and beyond the goalkeeper. He makes it 1:0.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) attempts to find one of his teammates with a sweet pass into the box, but one of the defending players reacts well and intercepts the effort.
A beautiful low pass from aside is received by Ander Herrera (Manchester United) waiting for his chance. However, the defence is alert and spanks the ball away.
Robin van Persie picks out Ander Herrera (Manchester United), who drives a shot just over the crossbar from the edge of the box. The ball goes out-of-play and Stoke City will have a goal kick.
Manchester United display good ball movement. They are waiting for some opportunity to get in a chance, but now the attack is averted.
Mata (Manchester United) receives a short pass from Ander Herrera (Manchester United), but the opposition’s defence thwarts his effort.
The Manchester United players keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for gaps in defence to open up.
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) finds himself in a promising position after receiving a beautiful cross from aside, but the opponent’s defence is ready and averts the threat with a quick interception.
Ander Herrera (Manchester United) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked.
An unsuccessful cross into the box by Ashley Young (Manchester United). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety. It’s a throw-in for Manchester United.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) flights in the cross, but the defender is alert and clears to safety.
Stoke City are playing an excellent possession football by exchanging some long passes at the moment.
The free kick from long range. Mata (Manchester United) sends over a cross but the defence is alert.
A clumsy foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke City) and Jonathan Moss blows the whistle. Manchester United will take a free kick nearby the side line.
The Manchester United players are exchanging some short passes to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
The match has just begun.
The players are out at last! Manchester United will take the kick-off.
You can have a look at the starting XIs of both teams in the details of this match.
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Today’s referee will be Jonathan Moss.
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