A brace from Maxim Chuopo-Moting was enough to earn Stoke City a hard fought draw against Manchester United as the match finished 2-2 at the Bet365 stadium on Saturday evening.
- Stoke City 2 Manchester United 2
- Choupo-Moting opens scoring
- Rashford immediately equalises
- Lukaku puts United ahead
- Choupo-Moting levels the score
Stoke City opened the scoring late in the first half as Choupo-Moting put away Mame Diouf’s cross but United hit back almost immediately as Paul Pogba’s header from a corner took a deflection off Marcus Rashford before going in.
15 minutes into the second half, Romelu Lukaku managed to put United in the lead but Choupo-Moting scored his second goal of the match just four minutes later.
The match started with some end-to-end action in the first few minutes with the first real chance coming from Stoke, who found some space in behind the United defence, with Jese quick to pounce before dragging his shot wide.
United threatened in the 23rd minute as Marcus Rashford latched onto a good ball from Eric Bailly, however, he shot straight at Jack Butland with nobody following up for a second attempt.
Xerdan Shaqiri had a go from range a few minutes later but without enough pace to beat David De Gea at the bottom corner before Rashford forced a good save out of Butland.
After a quiet period, Darren Fletcher played a good pass out wide to Mame Diouf who took the ball down well before firing in a cross that Maxim Choupo-Moting swept home ahead of his marker to put the hosts in front.
United however struck back immediately when Nemanja Matic flicked on a corner to Pogba, whose header took a touch off Rashford before finding the bottom right corner of the net as the teams entered half time on level terms.
Stoke almost had a chance early in the second half when a corner saw the ball hit Jese but the striker was unable to react quick enough to get an effort away.
Just before the hour mark, Henrikh Mkhitaryan slid a brilliant ball through the Stoke defence for Lukaku, who’s first shot was blocked by Butland but he was quick to get to bury the rebound to put United in the lead.
De Gea was then called into action with a brilliant reaction save to deny Jese at point blank range but it was in vain as the resultant corner found Choupo-Moting at the back post, and he made no mistake to bring Stoke level again.
Valencia then created his own opportunity with a hard-low shot towards the bottom left which Butland didn’t look to be getting to but the effort went wide as the visitors searched for a winner.
Lukaku should have scored when Anthony Martial, who came on as a substitute, whipped in a great cross between the Stoke defenders but the Belgian didn’t catch the ball cleanly and fired over.
United continued to push Stoke to the limits in the dying stages of the match and Butland pulled out a great save to palm away a misdirected header from Zouma.
The final whistle meant the two teams shared the points with United returning to the top of the table while Stoke ended the evening in 10th