Stoke snatch point at Old Trafford

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Man U's Marcus Rashford laments missed opportunities. Man U Photo
Stoke City’s day: United’s  Marcus Rashford laments missed opportunities. Man U Photo

Stoke City’s Joe Allen cancelled out Manchester United  Anthony Martial’s superb curling strike as they  earned a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford   to mark another frustrating day for Manchester United.

Manchester United dominated the play, with 67 per cent possession and 20 shots at the goal to seven by Stoke, but one error after the other denied them the full three points.

After Glen Johnson’s strike was palmed away by David De Gea, Jonathan Walters chipped a cross onto the bar and into the path of Allen, who slammed it into the roof of the net with 83 minutes gone.

Substitute Martial had earlier found the top right corner with a superb strike before, in the closing stages, Paul Pogba rattled the crossbar with a close-range header from Marcus Rashford’s whipped cross as the hosts pressed for a winner.

Man Utd could have been in front in the first half but were denied by a brilliant display from Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant, making his Old Trafford debut.

Grant produced a wonderful one-handed stop when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was clean through with two minutes gone, and he made another fine reflex save from Jesse Lingard’s close-range volley on the way to earning his side a point.

Grant was named man of the match.

Jose Mourinho felt it was United’s best performance of the season, despite the result, and was understandably frustrated.

He said Stoke keeper Lee Grant deserved the Man-of-the-Match award.

With Reports  by

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