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Saturday, September 24, 2011

No Rooney No Win

United kicked the match with no Wayne Rooney in the line up for the Premier League clash with Stroke at Britannica Stadium. United's 100% start to the Barclays Premier League season came to an end at the Britannia Stadium thanks to Peter Crouch's first goal for Stoke.

Woodgate did well to recover and get his foot on the ball, pulling off a challenge which sent Hernandez hurtling into Asmir Begovic. The United striker was injured in the collision and, after trying to carry on, had to admit defeat and was replaced on 11 minutes by Michael Owen. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson cried out for a penalty, referee Peter Walton allowed play to go on.

However, the lead of the exciting game was taken by United from the goal of Nani in the 27th minute, a one-two with Darren Fletcher before clipping the ball past Asmir Begovic.

De Gea proved Sir Alex in every minute of danger to United by stoke attacks,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 match was in thrill when both the teams had equal opportunities to take a lead and go home with a 3 points win. But when the attack of one team was tremendous, the defence of the another team was rock solid. Both of the keepers were made evenly busy at all times.

At the other end, Dimitar Berbatov - who had been called in as Rooney's replacement to make his first league start of the season was not in much of the form and was all over the ground.

For the Red Devils, many vital threats were created by Woodgate, Crouch and Pennant. However the first half lead was taken by United from the superb goal of Nani. The first half was fast and furious making both sides equally strong.

With second half under gone, Stoke were looking aggressive and just with 7 minutes play of second half, Crouch had an equalizer for Stoke making it 1-1. Etherington swung in a corner and with De Gea stood on his line, Crouch rose to head home.

Sir Alex had his last and ultimate weapon fired with the former Aston Villa winger came off for Ryan Giggs while Danny Welbeck replaced Berbatov. But Giggs and Welbeck could not penetrate through the Stoke to get an away point for United.

Giggs had many goal chances but was unable to find the net.

Both sides had chances to win it towards the end. Stoke would be reasonably happy with a draw whereas the United looked awful with their winning run been collapsed.


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