Chicaritoooooooo back amongst the goallllllllll's (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
That was as dominating a game gets without the scoreline looking stupid. In what is a massive win for United, with City losing tonight at Everton, the title race is wide open with the Manchester teams level on points.
Micheal Carrick and Paul Scholes were nigh on untouchable. Both racked up over 100 passes each and they, along with the quite magnificent Antonio Valencia were the standout performers.
Stoke started quite well. Kenwyne Jones caused a few problems with his bulldozer approach however United soon took control and the Stoke defense seemed forever camped out in line with the penalty box as the United wave of attacks pounded them. Their rearguard stood strong until a lazy challenge brought down Ji Sung Park in the box. Chicarito went low and hard to the right of the keeper, sending him the wrong way. It wouldn't have mattered if he went the right way to be honest.
Half Time 1 - 0
The second half began as the first had ended. United still dominating possesion. And another Penalty was forthcoming when Jonathon Walters tugged back the Valencia as he stormed into the box. Up stepped Dimitar Berbatov, who had played quite well. He went the opposite way. Despite the Thomas Sorenson guessing correct, he had no chance.
A third penalty should have been awarded, but the ref seemed hesitant to give a three in one night. And on the day United lost a precious talent in Ravel Morrison, another took to the field. Paul Pogba was quite fantastic when he came on, forever looking for the ball, popping up in and around the box, and playing with confidence. His smile and pleasure at playing was a joy to behold too. Please Fergie, give the man a contract!!
The full time whistle came with no drama's. Manchester United were in cruise control. Ben Amos aquitted himself well in goal, and Rio slotted back into the defense with ease.
To the blue half of Liverpool, where Everton entertained Manchester City. Former Red Devil Darren Gibson slammed home the winner in the second half, delighting his former clubs supporters. What a crucial goal that could prove to be in the title race.
Manchester United are next in action at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea drew 1-1 at Swansea tonight, and Antonio Valencia will be loving the fact Ashley Cole got sent off. He is suspended for the weekend clash.
Share your thoughts on tonight's action. Who most pleased you? How about the fact we actually got through a match with no injuries? All in all, a fantastic nights work. Cheers
M.O.T.M against Stoke
Micheal Carrick (5 votes)
Paul Scholes (27 votes)
Antonio Valencia (31 votes)
Rio Ferdinand (2 votes)
Ji Sung Park (8 votes)
Other (Post who in comments) (5 votes)
78 total votes