Stoke City 0 - 2 Manchester United

Match info: Premier League at Britannia Stadium

Date: 14/04/2013 KO: 14:05 Ref: J Moss Att: 27,191

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Man Utd

Michael Carrick 4
Robin van Persie 66 (pen)

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  • Manchester United moved 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League after a comfortable 2-0 victory at free-falling Stoke. Michael Carrick gave them a very good start at the Britannia Stadium before Robin Van Persie ended his own personal goal drought with a second half penalty. Sir Alex Ferguson's side could claim their 20th league championship as early as next Monday night.

  • United are closing in on that 20th league championship and after this result, it's just a matter of time before it heads back to Old Trafford.

  • We're into THREE added minutes of stoppage time at the Britannia Stadium.

  • As things stand Stoke will be sitting in 16th position, level on points with Aston Villa on 34 points. Glenn Whelan has a crack from distance but it was always heading off target.

  • Wayne Rooney has been awarded the man of the match and you cannot argue with that decision. It's been great watching him playing in a central midfield role and has taken to it like a duck to water.

  • Cameron Jerome is cautioned for sliding in on Nemanja Vidic in desperation to steal the ball off the defender.

  • Peter Crouch comes on for Kenwyne Jones for these final few minutes. Like-for-like and that means he is being partnered by his former England colleague Owen up front now.

  • The ball is being blown off the corner-kick spot before Robin Van Persie eventually does deliver, but Michael Carrick heads over.

  • SO CLOSE! Stoke win a free-kick out wide and Charlie Adam's dangerous inswinger goes all the way through and very nearly into the far corner if it wasn't for David De Gea's outstretched hand.

  • United are playing a bit of keep ball with the clock ticking down.

  • Meanwhile, Danny Welbeck has replaced the hard-working Javier Hernandez for United.

  • Michael Owen - remember him! Well, he's on for Jonathan Walters as Tony Pulis does go to 4-3-3 now.

  • If my mathematics are correct Robin Van Persie broke his drought after 751 minutes of football.

  • No, Cameron Jerome has actually gone out wide, so it's still a conventional 4-4-2 although Jonathan Walters is playing behind Jones. You would think Tony Pulis would be going for it with time running out.

  • Attacker Cameron Jerome is on for full-back Geoff Cameron as Tony Pulis chages his system to 3-5-3 it looks like for the final 20 minutes.

  • SHOUT FOR A PENALTY! Nemanja Vidic slips and Kenwyne Jones falls over him in the area. Jon Moss has a think about it before awarding a goal kick.

  • Patrice Evra slips and that allows Ryan Shotton to get his effort away, but it doesn't trouble Asmir Begovic.

  • RVP ON TARGET!!! The drought is over! The Dutchman has finally scored after almost 12 and a half hours without a goal. He crashes his left-footer from 12-yards into the bottom corner for his 20th Premier League goal.


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