It took a grandstand finish from David Moyes’ side, but in the end they came away with all 3 points in a come-from-behind 3-2 home victory over Stoke City. United had trailed twice in the match before a pair of late goals rescued them from another embarrassing home defeat. They initially went behind after just 4 minutes to a Peter Crouch bundled in effort that gave the Potters and their traveling support reason to hope for a first win at Old Trafford in over 35 years.
Those hopes were squashed only momentarily as Robin Van Persie tapped in from close range on 43 minutes to draw the match level, but it took only 2 minutes thereafter for Stoke to regain the lead before the half through a quite brilliant free kick from Marko Arnautović, although the Austrian was subbed off at halftime after being deemed too ill to continue by the Stoke City Physio, Chris Banks.
The loss of Arnautovic proved to be a costly one for Stoke as they then proceeded to hunker down and try and defend their way to 3 points, a strategy that backfired on them as Wayne Rooney headed in on 78 minutes to equalize before substitute Chicharito Hernandez steered in a point-blank header 2 minutes later to claim the winner and a thrilling victory for the Red Devils, while Mark Hughes’ Stoke City will be left to ponder just what if.
Manchester United: vs. Norwich City (Capital One/League Cup)
Stoke City: at Birmingham City (Capital One/League Cup)