After just three wins from their opening eight games of the 2013/14 Premier League season, Manchester United went into this game knowing they could not drop any more points.

Stoke went into this game having scored only four goals in their opening eight games, however the Potters took an early lead in the fourth minute. Erik Pieters broke clear down the left and, although David De Gea kept out Peter Crouch's first-time shot, the ball flew into the United net after Jonny Evans smashed it against the Stoke striker.

United dominated possession but their passing lacked width and imagination and Stoke nearly doubled their lead when Crouch fired a close-range volley over the bar. United equalised out of nothing after 43 minutes when Asmir Begovic kept out Wayne Rooney's header but could not react in time to stop Robin van Persie following up.

However, Stoke still deservedly went in ahead at half-time after Phil Jones needlessly barged into Marko Arnautovic on the edge of the area. The Austrian got up to guide a superb free-kick into the top corner for his first Premier League goal.

United looked lacklustre until the arrival of Adnan Januzaj. Before the introduction of the 18-year-old, the Red Devils barely threatened Begovic but afterwards they began to advance down the flanks and deliver dangerous crosses.

With the pressure building, Rooney met Van Persie's corner with a looping near-post header that dropped into the opposite corner of the net.

Javier Hernandez - who also came from the bench scored the winner for United. The Mexican striker timed his run perfectly to net from Patrice Evra’s cross.

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