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February 1, 2014 10:00 AM EST
Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee:‬ N. Swarbrick‎
Attendance:‬ 26547‎
 
38′ (OG) Michael Carrick
52′ Charlie Adam
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Stoke City 2-1 Manchester United

Charlie Adam's double sinks the Red Devils at the Britannia, despite Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Juan Mata all starting and Danny Welbeck coming on for Phil Jones.

By Gary Maiden at the Britannia Stadium

  • Asmir Begovic
    0
    0
    3.50

    Asmir Begovic

    Not at fault for the goal and met some crosses bravely. Would have been expecting a busier afternoon.

  • Erik Pieters
    0
    1
    3.00

    Erik Pieters

    Left Van Persie for his goal in a lapse of concentration but recovered well thereafter.

  • Marc Wilson
    0
    0
    3.50

    Marc Wilson

    His heroic lunge prevented what looked a certain equaliser and was strong throughout.

  • Ryan Shawcross
    0
    0
    3.50

    Ryan Shawcross

    A real captain's performance. Dealt with the threat of Van Persie brilliantly and rarely looked troubled all game.

  • Geoff Cameron
    0
    0
    3.00

    Geoff Cameron

    Strong in the challenge throughout and played some good long passes down the right to set up some key attacks.

  • Glenn Whelan
    0
    1
    3.50

    Glenn Whelan

    Provided the needed cover for his defence and kept Rooney quiet all game. A professional display.

  • Charlie Adam
    0
    0
    4.50

    Charlie Adam Top of the Match

    Comfortably the best player on the pitch. Two goals capped off a fine display as he ran the show from start to finish.

  • Peter Odemwingie
    0
    0
    3.00

    Peter Odemwingie

    Lost the ball in some dangerous situations early on as he looked too eager to impress. A quiet home debut.

  • Marko Arnautovic
    0
    0
    3.00

    Marko Arnautovic

    Should have put the game to bed in the second half when his curling effort went the wrong side of the far post. Lively throughout.

  • Jonathan Walters
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jonathan Walters

    Saw a lot of the ball down the right hand side in the first half before going off injured after a foul on Smalling.

  • Peter Crouch
    0
    0
    3.00

    Peter Crouch

    Held the ball up well to bring others into play. As you'd expect, won the aerial battle against the opposing defenders.

Substitutions

  • W. Palacios
    0
    0
    2.50

    W. Palacios

    Brought on late to see the game out.

  • Stephen Ireland
    0
    0
    3.00

    Stephen Ireland

    Involved in a lot of creative play after being introduced. Linked up well with Adam.

  • Oussama Assaidi
    0
    0
    3.50

    Oussama Assaidi

    Almost scored a brilliant volley only for De Gea to tip over the bar. His trickery troubled United in the second half.

  • David de Gea
    0
    0
    3.00

    David de Gea

    Not at fault for either goal and pulled off a great save to keep his side in it. Met several crosses well.

  • Patrice Evra
    1
    0
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Pushed forwards a lot but his final ball was at times lacking. Would have wanted more protection from Young.

  • Phil Jones
    0
    0
    3.00

    Phil Jones

    Stretchered off after a nasty clash of heads in the first half but was enjoying the battle with Crouch before that.

  • Jonny Evans
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jonny Evans

    Replaced early through injury.

  • Chris Smalling
    0
    0
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    Drafted back into the middles after injuries. Defended well and distributed play calmly all game.

  • Ashley Young
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ashley Young

    Saw a lot of the ball early on but drifted out of the game as it wore on. Should have equalised with a free header at the back post late on.

  • Tom Cleverley
    0
    1
    2.50

    Tom Cleverley

    Didn't get forward as much as he would have liked and lacked the killer ball to bring those in front of him into play.

  • Michael Carrick
    0
    0
    2.00

    Michael Carrick

    The opening goal deflected off him as he stuck out a hopeful leg. Saw a lot of Stoke's play go through the middle as he didn't offer enough protection.

  • Juan Mata
    0
    0
    3.00

    Juan Mata

    His expertly executed through ball sent Van Persie clear to equalise but he didn't see enough of the ball in advanced areas thereafter. Delivered some quality corners but the Stoke defence held strong.

  • Wayne Rooney
    0
    1
    2.00

    Wayne Rooney Flop of the Match

    A really quiet game by his high standards. Desperately unlucky not to equalise late on after his curling free kick was tipped onto the post by Begovic. Misplaced a number of long balls.

  • Robin van Persie
    0
    0
    3.00

    Robin van Persie

    His equaliser was a rare moment of real quality as he lifted the ball over Begovic early in the second half. Didn't look like adding to that thereafter.

Substitutions

  • Rafael
    0
    0
    2.50

    Rafael

    Lost his head a little as the game heated up. Didn't see too much of the ball with a lot of the play going down the left.

  • Javier Hernández
    0
    0
    2.50

    Javier Hernández

    Introduced late on but never really looked like grabbing the equaliser.

  • Danny Welbeck
    0
    0
    2.00

    Danny Welbeck

    Another one to have a quiet game as Stoke defended bravely. Was brought on as an attacking option but rarely troubled the opposing defence.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0