Stoke City 1-2 Manchester United
Tuncay 81 Hernandez 27, 86
Manchester United’s new star striker Javier Hernandez bagged a brace of goals to clinch their first away win in the EPL this season.
His first was a stunning backward header. And after Tuncay’s stunning equaliser for Stoke, Hernandez’s neat close-range finish four minutes from time won the game.
But United were fortunate to have eleven men for the final 50 minutes after referee Andre Marriner failed to book veteran defender Gary Neville for his second cautionable offence.
United took a deserved lead on 27 minutes when Nemanja Vidic’s far-post header was acrobatically and powerfully turned into the net by Hernandez as he moved away from goal.
Chances were at a premium throughout, although Patrice Evra should have doubled United’s advantage in first-half stoppage time with a more conventional header from Nani’s centre.
And Hernandez volleyed inches wide after an incisive three-man break from goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar’s long throw on 72 minutes.
A muted Stoke were given an 81st-minute lifeline when Tuncay cut inside from right-flank and curled a brilliant left-footed shot past Van der Sar.
But five minutes later, Hernandez reacted quickest to Evra’s mishit shot and turned the ball home from the edge of the six-yard box.
Tags: Manchester United, Javier Hernandez, Stoke, Nemanja Vidic, Edwin Van der Sar