Record breaking rooney earns man united last gasp draw at stoke _ english premiership

An injury time goal from Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney, took the England international one clear of club legend Sir Bobby Charlton as the Red Devils’ all time leading goal scorer as he curled in a freekick to earn his side a more than deserved share of the spoils away to Stoke City on Saturday.

United had trailed for the better part of the contest to an unfortunate Juan Mata own goal, and looked for all money to be heading for their first defeat in many a month, but Rooney stepped up in the dying stages of the contest to curl in a freekick that earned the Red Devils a point in a game they probably deserved to win.

Jose Mourinho made four changes to the side that drew with Liverpool last week, with Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata coming in for Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian, Michael Carrick and Anthony Martial. Mls softball downey Rojo missed the game due to illness, while Martial was left out of the matchday squad altogether.


Outdoor patio bars near me Wayne Rooney, chasing goal number 250 for Manchester United was left on the bench.

Stoke City meanwhile were unchanged from the team that beat Sunderland 3-1 last week. New signing Saido Berahino was not registered in time to be eligible for this game.

Manchester United made the brighter start to the game, but failed to create any clear cut opportunities. Fantasy football 2016 rankings Stoke City took the lead with their first real opportunity of note as Erik Pieters’ cross was turned into his own goal inadvertently by Juan Mata, giving David de Gea absolutely no chance at all.

Man United attempted to bounce back immediately, but Stoke put 10 men behind the ball and attempted to defend in numbers. Softball sayings It took Man United nearly half an hour to register their first shot on target with Marouane Fellaini powering a header straight at Lee Grant in the Stoke City goal. Pinch hitter game Fellaini was in the thick of the action, moments later challenging Grant for a high ball, only for the Stoke keeper to get a good punch on it.

United started to rank up the pressure with Juan Mata failing to make a good connection with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s cross after the Super Swede was played down the channel by Paul Pogba.

As the half drew to a close, United came closer to drawing level with Fellaini’s cross tipped over the bar by Grant, before the keeper made a fantastic block to deny Pogba, who looked certain to score. Spring training florida Stoke hung on in the end and took their advantage into the break.

United continued to dominate possession in the early periods of the second half but with a breakthrough not coming, Jose Mourinho made his first change of the day, throwing on pacey forward Marcus Rashford in place of the towering presence of Marouane Fellaini.

There was controversy at both ends of the pitch moments later with the hosts getting away with a possible hand ball in the box before Pieters was booked for simulation at the other end.

With 14 minutes left to go, United engineered their best chance of the second half thus far with Marcus Rashford coming close with a curling effort, but failed to hit the target after Ibrahimovic failed to connect with Wayne Rooney’s cross.

The half chances kept coming United’s way with Rooney missing the target with a left footed effort before Zlatan’s header into a dangerous area was headed behind for a corner.

Rooney continued to be involved in all the chances that kept coming United’s way with the England skipper heading over the bar from 8 yards out before seeing an effort from distance closed down.

The woodwork at the Stoke end was finally rattled as a fine strike from Jesse Lingard kissed the crossbar on its way over as Stoke continued to hold on to their narrow lead.

The goal that Manchester United’s overall play deserved finally came in the fourth minute of injury time and it was to be a special one for skipper Wayne Rooney, who curled in a freekick that brought him goal no.250, making him United’s all time leading goal scorer.

With barely any time left on the clock, the game finished 1-1 with Stoke shattered at having conceded late on, and United ecstatic to escape the Britannia Stadium with a point, one which takes them to 40 points from the season.

In terms of the bigger picture, that point may do little for United’s aspirations as far as the title are concerned, but the confidence gained from keeping their unbeaten run going will certainly be valuable ahead of their trip to Hull City for the second leg of their League Cup semi-final.

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