Manchester United Draw At Stoke
Table topping Manchester United were held to a 1–1 draw by a well organised and hard working Stoke City team at The Britannia Stadium on Saturday. Portugal international winger Nani opened the score sheet with a breathtaking individual display in the 27th minute of play before a brilliant headed goal from Stoke forward Peter Crouch seven minutes into the second half ended Manchester United´s winning streak.
It was clear to everyone present that Manchester United sorely missed Wayne Rooney who wasn’t risked due to a hamstring problem. The visitors nevertheless went into the lead in the 27th minute of the encounter when Nani brought the ball into the penalty area before the bandy legged flankman powered a low strike into the bottom left-hand corner. The promising start fizzled out, however, and the home side almost equalised a few minutes minutes later when a dangerous high cross ball from right winger Jermaine Pennant eventually found its way to defender Andy Wilkinson whose ferocious shot was miraculously touched on to the bar by Manchester United keeper David de Gea. After 52 minutes of play, Stoke City finally managed to level the score when £10 million signing Peter Crouch headed a flag kick from left winger Matthew Etherington past the helpless goalkeeper and into the back of the net from six yards out. The former Tottenham Hotspur striker almost scored a second goal for his new club but his effort was superbly saved by David de Gea in the Manchester United goal. After dropping two points against The Pottters on Saturday, Sir Alex Ferguson´s Manchester United players are now ahead of fellow Premier League title challengers Manchester City on goal difference.