Stoke City 2-0 Manchester United (26.12.2015) 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 home side dominated the game. The hosts tried to catch the opposition off guard and to hit them on the break. The visiting side kept the ball at their feet and the main intention was to produce that final killer pass.
Kevin Friend is looking at his watch and ends this match right now.
Andreas Pereira (Manchester United) takes the corner but it has been cleared.
Mata (Manchester United) darts into the penalty area to latch on to a pass, and he unleashes a shot in the direction of the right post. Jack Butland is alert and denies his effort with a nice save. The main referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick. It will be taken by Manchester United.
3 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
Kevin Friend blows his whistle. Who will be penalised? Now it is clear. Mame Diouf (Stoke City) is said to have used excessive force while attacking.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) picks up a pass and has an effort from the edge of the box, but David de Gea gets down to his right to keep it out.
The resulting corner from Ashley Young (Manchester United) is averted by the opposition’s defence.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) receives a low pass just outside the box and unleashes a fine strike towards the bottom right corner. Jack Butland pulls off a reflexive save to block his effort. Nice piece of goalkeeping skill, indeed. Corner kick. Manchester United will have an opportunity.
Andreas Pereira (Manchester United) is penalised.
Here comes a substitution. Andreas Pereira (Manchester United) is brought on as a substitute for Ander Herrera.
Charles Graham Adam (Stoke City) failed to convert a mid-range free kick and sends the ball narrowly over the bar.
Kevin Friend blows his whistle and signals a foul after Chris Smalling (Manchester United) brought his opponent down. Stoke City will take a free kick.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) receives a precise pass and is given time inside the box to send a promising strike towards the right post. David de Gea (Manchester United) guessed his intentions and denied the effort with a fine save.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.
Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) tries his luck with a shot from long distance after receiving a good pass. His poorly placed effort flies miles wide of the right post.
Mark Hughes has decided to make a change. Charles Graham Adam (Stoke City) replaces Geoff Cameron.
A long ball forward to Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) is intercepted.
The attendance for today’s match is 27426.
Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) 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.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) has picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue.
Ander Herrera (Manchester United) receives a precise pass on the edge of the box and shoots. His poorly placed shot flies way wide of the left post.
Mata (Manchester United) doesn’t send a cross into the box from the corner. He passes the ball to his teammate next to him.
Mata (Manchester United) serves in a nice cross, but Jack Butland punches the ball away. Manchester United get a corner.
That will be all from Xherdan Shaqiri who is being replaced by the fresh legs of Mame Diouf (Stoke City).
Jack Butland 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.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) requires medical treatment, so the referee stops play and signals for the physio to come onto the pitch.
Daley Blind (Manchester United) takes a short corner kick.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked. Manchester United force a corner. They send men into the box.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) is offside and the linesman raises his flag.
Kevin Friend interrupts the game. It was a tactical foul from Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke City).
Ashley Young (Manchester United) attempted to send a defence-splitting pass into space where Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) was lurking. It could have put him one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but one of the defending players somehow manages to avert the threat.
Daley Blind (Manchester United) works the corner short.
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the defenders is alert and spanks it away. The referee points to the corner flag. Manchester United are given a corner.
This is a yellow card! Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) is not happy with the decision, but from our point of view it was clear.
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) clearly handles the ball, but he is surprised when the referee blows his whistle.
Mark Hughes makes a switch. Marco van Ginkel (Stoke City) is coming on in place of Glenn Whelan at the start of the second period.
The effort for improving in the second half is clearly seen. Memphis Depay comes off for Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).
Kevin Friend blows his whistle and the second half starts.
So far we have been witnesses to an entertaining encounter between these two teams. Let’s hope there will not be a decline in attractiveness in the second half. The visitors played second fiddle to the home squad in the first half. The home team tries to find the weakness in the opposition’s defence especially with rapid counter-attacks unlike the players of the away team who present themselves with possession football.
The referee blows his whistle to end the first half, so the players are now heading to their dressing rooms.
Mata (Manchester United) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Jack Butland, who smothers the ball.
We will have 3 min. of added time.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) floats the ball in from the corner which is intercepted.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man. The referee signals for a corner kick, Manchester United are awarded.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) delivers a promising cross into the box which is cleared. The referee blows his whistle, Manchester United are awarded a corner kick.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) seems to have picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue playing.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) darts into the box and immediately fires a first-time effort. He produces a poor shot which goes well over the crossbar.
Ander Herrera (Manchester United) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
The resulting corner from Daley Blind (Manchester United) is cleared. The ball goes out for a corner. Manchester United can continue in their attacking effort.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out. The ball is out-of-play. Manchester United have been awarded a corner kick.
Jack Butland leaps up to collect the ball from the corner which was sent by Daley Blind (Manchester United).
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) attempts to send a cross in order to find one of his teammates. The opposition’s defence averts the danger by intercepting the effort.
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) connects with a precise cross inside the goalmouth and finishes. One of the defending players reacts in time and clears the ball to safety.
What a close effort by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) who receives a pass on the edge of the box and shoots. The ball goes inches wide of the left post.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) seems to be alright and is okay to carry on.
Daley Blind (Manchester United) takes the corner which is cleared by the opposition’s defence.
The game is interrupted now, Erik Pieters (Stoke City) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. The ball is out-of-play. Manchester United win a corner kick.
Another attempt to send the ball beyond the defence by Glen Johnson (Stoke City) is averted and cleared away to safety.
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) starts his run too early and the referee blows for an offside.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) stands over the free kick and it is him who takes it, sending it towards the right post only for Jack Butland (Stoke City) to dive and make a save.
Referee Kevin Friend sees tripping by Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) and doesn’t hesitate to blow the whistle. A free kick has been awarded to Manchester United.
Goal! Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) picks up the ball from a rebound and from the edge of the box, he unleashes a shot which goes inside the left post. It is 2:0.
The goalkeeper is not tested by the free kick from the edge of the box by Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) as his effort only hit the wall.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) gives the referee no choice but to show him a yellow card. Another situation results in a direct free kick for Stoke City.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) is caught offside!
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
Glen Johnson provides Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) with a nice pass inside the box. It allows him to finish with a low shot into the middle of the goal.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) stands over the free kick and it is him who takes it, sending it towards the left post only for Jack Butland (Stoke City) to dive and make a save.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) brings his opponent down with a tackle, and Kevin Friend blows a whistle for a foul. Manchester United have a free kick from a promising distance.
Daley Blind (Manchester United) with the corner, but it is intercepted by the defender.
The ball is cleared after Ashley Young (Manchester United) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. Good work from Manchester United as they win a corner.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) is first to the rebound but his shot is blocked. Wow, what an escape there for the opposition.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) takes the free kick but it is cleared by the first man.
Ander Herrera (Manchester United) was too harsh with his tackle which made Kevin Friend interrupt the game and signal for a set piece. There is a free kick given to Stoke City.
David de Gea displays his ability to read the game and clears the danger after Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) was about to latch on a through ball.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) executes a nice mid-range free kick. His effort only flies inches wide of the left post. Today is obviously not his lucky day.
Chris Smalling (Manchester United) makes a bad challenge and the referee blows his whistle for a foul. Stoke City win a free kick. A promising situation for a direct shot.
Oh, this didn’t go well. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) tried his luck from the edge of the box, but his effort directed low to the middle of the goal was too weak to get past Jack Butland, who keeps it out easily.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) is forced to stop his attacking move after the linesman signals for offside.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) gets a shot away from distance, but wasn’t really set to take it and fires high and wide. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Manchester United.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) decided to speed play up with a short corner kick.
Glen Johnson (Stoke City) produces a lovely ball into the penalty area but the defender manages to intercept and comfortably averts the danger. The ball is out-of-play. Stoke City will have a chance to score from a corner.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players.
The first half of this match is about to start.
The players are on the pitch and Manchester United will have the kick-off.
Kevin Friend got the nomination for today’s game and will try his best to be a fair judge and not to do any mistake.
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