A hail storm in the first half and two thunderbolts in the second secured Manchester United's place in the semi final of Capital One Cup after a 2-0 win over Stoke at The Britannia Stadium.
Ashley Young's first goal in more than a year and a rare goal from captain Patrice Evra secured the win for David Moyes side.
Mark Hughes started a strong side for the visit of the Champions, with Jon Walters back from suspension and Erik Pieters back in the defence in place of Marc Munesia but goal-scoring goalkeeper Asmir Begovic loses his place in favour of Thomas Sorenson.
Under fire manager Moyes made three changes with Chris Smalling, Young and Anderson all being given the nod but there is still no place in the team for striker Wayne Rooney.
The first chance of the game fell to Manchester United after Young ran down the right and found space to strike but his effort struck the side netting.
Stoke’s first chance saw Geoff Cameron unnaturally unleash a shot at David De Gea’s goal but the American’s shot was high above the cross bar before Ossama Assaidi retaining his place in the side tried his luck but the ball rolled wide.
Tom Cleverly and Anderson then tried their luck both trying low shots at Sorenson’s goal but both were tame enough for the second choice keeper to save.
After a bout of heavy rain and hail referee Mark Clattenburg decided in the 29th minute it was safest to suspend the game for five minutes to wait for the conditions to calm down.
The players were back out after the break and Stoke had the closest chance just before half time when Cameron put in a sensational cross onto the head of Walters but the ball bounced agonisingly over the head of Stephen Ireland.
The Champions replied with Young’s corner which found Jonny Evans at the near post but Sorenson ran in and smothered the ball.
Man United continued to press for the advantage in the second half with Danny Welbeck trying to head in from another Young corner. But the winger decided to go it alone and after a one two with Hernandez on the edge of the area Young sweetly struck a powerful shot which left Sorenson with no chance.
Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross looked to be feeling some discomfort in the final stages and Hughes decided it was best to take him off and bring on Charlie Adam, but Wilson Palacios came off and went back on in central defence, United took advantage of this confusion and defender Evra hit a superb volley past Sorenson to double the visitors lead.
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