FT: Manchester United 2-1 Stoke City. (Fellaini 21’, N’Zonzi 39’, Mata 59’).
Another important 3 points! It was United’s fourth win in a row since Desember 2013. Wayne Rooney and Di Maria were out injured, but the team proved they can win the game despite the absence of the two crucial players. United led through Marouane Fellaini before Stoke’s Steven N’Zonzi equalized before half time. But Juan Mata restored the home teams lead with a free kick. The Boss Louis van Gaal was pleased with the win, but he admitted that it wasn’t their best performance.
Van Gaal: “It was not our best performance. We were not aggressive enough in the first half, we didn’t keep our position on the pitch. I was not pleased at half-time – and I told them (the players). The second half was better, we created more chances but we need to score more goals. But I’m pleased we held this result. The last few moments were not necessary, but it is always like that. We have struggled until the end in the Premier League. It is common.”
Anyway, this victory kept United in fourth position in the Premier League table. But it’s still a long way to go. The most important thing is United can be in top 4 by the end of season. Keep up the good work, Lads!
Line Up & Subs
De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young, Herrera, Fellaini, Carrick, Mata, Van Persie, Wilson
Subs: Lindegaard, Blackett, McNair, Fletcher, Januzaj, Falcao, W. Keane
Begovic, Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Cameron, N’Zonzi, Ireland, Bojan, Assaidi, Diouf
Subs: Butland, Muniesa, Palacios, Arnautovic, Adam, Crouch, Shenton
Photos: Any Sources