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United faithful take Potters point

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Manchester United had their 100% win rate broken at the hands of Stoke City, as Saturday's visit to the Britannia Stadium yielded a 1 - 1 draw.

Red Devils fans are noticeably disappointed, but many accepted that the point was well earned against a tenacious team that has been making big strides in the Barclays Premier League for the past few years.

Agatoni Sucre Francis said: "Stoke is a stubborn team. But respect to them, definitely a test we passed. We miss you already Rooney, get well soon."

Andrew Holt agreed that United's strike force was weakened by its absentees. He said: "Stoke is one the hardest grounds to go and get a result, we missed Rooney and Chico, no doubt about that."

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, who had his work cut out against the likes of Peter Crouch, praised his team-mates for sticking through the torrid trip to Stoke.

Evra admitted: "The boss told us he needed men before the game and I think all the lads showed character and personality. It was a shame we didn't win the game, but it is not easy to play at Stoke.

A few United fans agreed with the sentiment. Mike Cunningham said: "Very well put, the mighty reds played a hell of a game."

Saucinho Torres Alphonse simply added: "True words from a true defender."


 

But there were some detractors who have clearly grown used to seeing their side dominate the opposition, and despite Tony Pulis' side's current seventh place standing in the Barclays Premier League, a few felt United should have done better at the Britannia Stadium.

Midnite Constantine called it a "waste of two precious points" and added some scathing criticism of the Red Devils' wingers.

"Nani should stop playing a selfish game. And Giggs, you are the best, but you should have done better at the dying seconds of the match, looking at your standard you should have scored, OK?"

Wesley Lawrence agreed, and was disappointed to see Chelsea and Manchester City close the gap at the top of the table. Lawrence said: "Good point? More like two dropped. Now we've got to listen to the blue noses all week!"

Khuram Hayat added: "The men should have won!"

Jack Tong thought the game was there for the taking for the Red Devils, who had 55% of the possession. He said: "Against Stoke and they kept the majority of possession. Shame!"

But Khuram Hayat had a meteorological excuse up his sleeve: "You see how windy it was?"

Manchester United fans will be hoping for blue skies and a more favourable breeze next weekend when they welcome Norwich to Old Trafford.

The forecast predicts a gentle warm breeze and temperatures of 27 degrees, so Sir Alex Ferguson can rest easy. But a bigger concern for him is Wayne Rooney, whose fair skin will be at the mercy of the bright sunshine while resting his injured hamstring with his feet up in the garden.

Will United be able to cope without Rooney? What do you think?

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