February 24 2018

United regain top spot after draw at Stoke City

February 24 2018, 06:00 | Sammy Rose

GETTY Romelu Lukaku has been superb for Man Utd so far this season

Romelu Lukaku Man Utd

Choupo-Moting puts Stoke City ahead in the 43rd minute of the game before Rashford equalised for United on 46th minute.

United remained on top of the English Premier League despite losing its 100% record in a 2-2 draw at Stoke.

Herrera said Manchester United will have to match Stoke City's attitude if they have to continue with their ideal winning record this season.

Stoke began the better. His wonderful reflex save from Jese went in vain, however, as Choupo-Moting scored from the resulting blamer. Xherdan Shaqiri addressed this but overhit his effort.

"These days clubs want defenders who are good on the ball rather than ones who can defend", said Ferdinand with the old pro's tired air, although this was precisely the accusation levelled at him when England's most elegant defender wore a Manchester United shirt. The 19-year-old flew along the inside-right channel and flicked a pass infield.

The contest's high pace continued. He's going to be here for a long time and that's the key.

Bottom club Crystal Palace play at Burnley and Swansea City host Newcastle United on Sunday, while West Ham United who, like Palace, have lost their first three games, face Huddersfield Town on Monday.

However, Hughes insists that Jose Mourinho's side are beatable despite their encouraging start to the new Premier League season.

Stoke continued to look risky going forward, with Jesé forcing David De Gea into a magnificent save.

Hughes responded with a mocking wave towards Mourinho, who did shake hands with members of Stoke's backroom staff.

José Mourinho handed Ander Herrera his first start of the season, lining his team in a more robust 4-3-3, no doubt hoping to assert greater control in midfield.

But the Stoke lead was short-lived, United levelling within two minutes as Paul Pogba's header from Henrikh Mkhitaryan's cross went in off Rashford.

The Stoke players protested about the equaliser, arguing Rashford was in an offside position. Mark Hughes has also brought in defensive reinforcements in Bruno Martins Indi, Kevin Wimmer and Kurt Zouma.

Craig Burley addresses Jose Mourinho's comments about Man United's need for 2-3 additional signings. Unfortunately for De Gea and United, it was all for naught, as Stoke equalized from the ensuing corner. A positive performance in the battle for minutes down United's left side. Allen was pickpocketed by Darmian and he fed Mkhitaryan.

"I am disappointed. but after the lucky 1-0 down it was really hard". Eric Bailly has to take responsibility for the opener as he just allowed Choupo-Moting to drift away at the back post, while Phil Jones was guilty of allowing the Cameroonian free at the corner as United let in a cheap second.

Eighteen minutes from time Mourinho made his move by introducing Martial and Mata for Rashford and Herrera.

Mourinho had encroached on Hughes' technical area late in the second half as both sides looked for the win, after which Hughes then encouraged referee Neil Swarbrick to send the United boss to the Bet365 Stands.

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