EPL 2017/18: Stoke City 2-2 Manchester United, Player Ratings
United dropped points for the first time this season after being held to a 2-2 draw by Stoke City. The 'Red Devils' remain table toppers despite drawing away from home with rivals Manchester City placed second.
The first half saw the hosts take the lead in the 43rd minute through Eric Maxim Choupo- Moting with United leveling the scores on the brink of half time through Marcus Rashford. In what was an enthralling second half as Romelu Lukaku gave the visitors the lead after scoring in the 58th minute. Stoke got their equalizer three minutes after the hour mark when Choupo-Moting headed the ball past David De Gea.
Here's how the players fared during the game:
Jack Butland: 8/10
Butland had a fantastic game in between the sticks for the hosts making a vital one-on-one save against Marcus Rashford early in the first half and also producing a magnificent save late in the game which prevented United from snatching all three points. Overall, Butland was confident with his handling, punching and wasn't at fault for the concession of both the goals.
Kevin Wimmer: 6.5/10
The Austrian made some crucial interceptions and prevented the United forwards from causing damage to his side. Wimmer won most of his duels and had a passing accuracy of 80%.
Geoff Cameron: 5.5/10
Along with Zouma and Wimmer, Cameron helped Stoke retain their discipline while defending and also kept the likes of Lukaku and Mkhitaryan from influencing the game in the first half. He was later replaced by Bruno Martins-Indi during the interval.
Kurt Zouma: 7/10
Zouma enjoyed a decent outing against a formidable opposition in Manchester United. The Frenchman won some vital tackles to keep the visitor's attack in check and made a brilliant tackle on Mkhitaryan during the second half which prevented him from going through on goal.
Erik Pieters: 4.5/10
Pieters struggled against the pace of Antonio Valencia and committed some unnecessary fouls in dangerous positions. The dutchman was caught napping during United's second goal as he played Lukaku onside.
Joe Allen: 5/10
The former Liverpool man often found it tough handling the physicality of Pogba and Matic. Allen was easily dispossessed by Darmian during the build up to the second goal while conceding a silly free kick in a dangerous position in the dying moments of the game - which could have altered the result of the match.
Darren Fletcher: 6.5/10
Fletcher used his experience to great effect in order to nullify United's attacking threat. He provided a beautiful diagonal ball to Diouf in the build up to Stoke's first goal and made a fine interception in the second half to prevent Rashford from going through on goal. The ex-United man would be a little disappointed in allowing Matic to get a flick on in United's equalizer.
Mame Biram Diouf: 7/10
Diouf offered tremendous work rate, defensive cover for Stoke and beautifully set up Choupo-Moting for the opening goal. At certain moments he was troubled by Rashford's direct approach, but as the game progressed he defended with composure.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting: 8/10
Choupo-Moting was by far the most dangerous threat for the hosts, bagging a brace against a strong defence like United's. The Cameroonian worked hard throughout the game and made some important recoveries. It was certainly a man-of-the-match performance from the former Schalke man.
Xherdan Shaqiri: 6/10
The Swiss international executed some lovely diagonal passes and linked up well with his team's forwards. Shaqiri provided a wonderful cross which was met by with the head of Choupo-Moting who grabbed the equalizer.
Jese Rodriguez: 5/10
It was a quiet afternoon for Jese who was well marshalled by United's Centre Backs. The Spanish forward was unlucky as his close range effort was brilliantly saved by De Gea in the second half.
Bruno Martins-Indi: 6/10
Martins-Indi came on for Geoff Cameron during the interval to solidify Stoke's defence. His no-nonsense style of defending helped neutralizing United's attack and he boasted a pass success rate of 87%.
Saido Berahino: N/A
Berahino came on for Jese during the last fifteen minutes of the game who wasn't provided enough service to alter the course of the game.