Man Utd 2-1 Stoke: After Wayne Rooney who is United's second top scorer this season?
Manchester United extended their winning run to four straight Premier League games after beating Stoke City 2-1. Goals from Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata settled it for the Red Devils, who suffered a scare when Steven Nzonzi pulled the Potters level before half time but managed to overcome it to consolidate their position in the top four.
There will have been murmurs of surprise around Old Trafford when the teams were announced as United captain Wayne Rooney's name was omitted from the teamsheet due to an injury sustained against Hull City. Teenage striker James Wilson came into the side ahead of Falcao, still on the road to recovery after missing over a month through injury himself.
United took the lead via a lovely cross from Ander Herrera, headed home by Fellaini for his first goal at Old Trafford. Herrera had missed a sitter from around eight yards out early on after a mistake by Asmir Begovic was capitalised upon by Robin van Persie, but the Spaniard made up for it with an exemplary cross for Fellaini.
Stoke's equaliser came when Nzonzi's low shot powered past David De Gea after poor marking in midfield from the home side. Juan Mata's second half curled free kick won the day though, and United stay 4th in the table, while Stoke drop to 13th.
- Manchester United have kept only two clean sheets in their last 10 Premier League games.
- Only Wayne Rooney (5) has scored more league goals this season for Man Utd than Juan Mata (4).
- The Red Devils have won four consecutive Premier League games for just the second time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired (also four wins in December 2013).
- Stoke have now lost their last 12 away games against Manchester United in all competitions.
- Marouane Fellaini’s two league goals for Manchester United this season have come in evening kick-offs.
- Stoke scored with their only shot of the first half against Manchester United.
- United have won six and lost none of their last seven home league games.
- The Potters have lost four of their last five away from home in the league (W1).