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Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City: Player Ratings

Here's a look at the player ratings from a comfortable victory for Manchester United against Stoke City at Old Trafford

Feature 16 Jan 2018, 10:43 IST

Manchester United v Stoke City - Premier League
Pogba stood out on the night

Antonio Valencia, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku were on target as Manchester United cruised to victory over relegation-threatened Stoke City at Old Trafford. In a non-classic, it was playmaker Paul Pogba who stole the show, assisting the first two goals with neat passes.

Romelu Lukaku was rewarded for a persevering display, turning two defenders to rifle the ball past Jack Butland to seal the points for Jose Mourinho's side.

Here are the player ratings from the game: 

Stoke City

Stoke City remained relegation-threatened after the defeat to Manchester United

Jack Butland - 6

The goalkeeper made a couple of decent saves and can be deemed pretty helpless to prevent each of the goals from being scored.

Moritz Bauer - 6

The Austrian fullback looked positive in the first half as he tried to get forward. However, the final quality in his crosses was lacking. He may have been fortunate to have been given the benefit of doubt after wrapping his arms around Anthony Martial in the box.

Kurt Zouma - 5

Zouma struggled to cope with the pace of the United attack that carved out three goals. His clearances were unconvincing and he will have to organize his defence much better if the Potters are to stay up.

Bruno Martins Indi - 5

The Dutchman too found the United forwards a handful to deal with. Romelu Lukaku was too strong for him on the night.

Josh Tymon - 4

It was an evening for Tymon to forget at left-back. He was too easily beaten by Valencia for the opening goal and failed to provide any impact moving forward. He was taken off at the break.

Darren Fletcher - 6

Manchester United v Stoke City - Premier League
Fletcher returned to his old club

Fletcher was solid in front of a shaky defence on return to his former club, but will have to show more commitment to win the ball back on a regular basis if he has to help his current side avoid relegation

Joe Allen - 6

The Welshman was pivotal to Stoke displaying some positivity early in the game, but was soon faced with Pogba's dominance in midfield. Once the Frenchman got into the game, it was difficult for Allen to control proceedings. 

Xherdan Shaqiri - 6

The winger showed his class in pockets, getting a few nice touches and nearly beating de Gea with an acrobatic scissor-kick. The Potters' fans would want more incision from a man of his qualities to help them get the required points to survive.

Stephen Ireland - 5

It was a poor return to the starting line-up for Stephen Ireland, missing a number of opportunities to get Stoke City on the scoresheet.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting - 6

The Cameroonian nearly scored after David de Gea failed to deal with Darren Fletcher's cross, but his shot was brilliantly blocked by Phil Jones. He looked vibrant on the left side of attacking midfield in the early stages, but petered out as the game progressed. 

Peter Crouch - 6

Crouch used his aerial prowess to impose early pressure on Manchester United, testing their centre-halves when crosses were delivered. He was denied of any real service later in the game.


Kevin Wimmer - 6

Wimmer looked more of an assured presence at the back than Tymon, but the damage had already been done in the first half.

Ramadan Sobhi - 5

He was introduced with around half an hour to go, but could do very little to impact the game as United looked to see the tie out.

Mame Biram Diouf - 5

Once a United player, Diouf was brought on to get some fresh legs into Stoke's play. He forced de Gea into a save, but that was the only goal-bound chance he got.

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