Chicharito celebrates after putting United 1-0 up at Stoke

Stoke City   1

Tuncay (81)

Manchester United   2

Hernandez (27, 85)

24 Oct 2010, Britannia Stadium Attendance: 27,372



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Edwin van der Sar - Rightly kept his place after last weekend's once-in-a-lifetime error and certainly wasn’t at fault for Tuncay’s tremendous equaliser for Stoke.

Gary Neville - Made his 600th appearance for United but was subbed at half-time, having escaped a possible red card for a second rash foul on Matthew Etherington.

Rio Ferdinand - Played a key role as the Reds successfully repelled Stoke’s infamous bombardment from the skies, and passed a rigorous test of his match fitness.

Nemanja Vidic - The skipper was majestic in the kind of match he relishes, clearing Stoke’s high deliveries all day long. A header at the other end set up Chicharito for the opener.

John O'Shea - The Irishman was a tactical pick at left-back, to help United deal with the aerial bombardment, and stuck to his task gamely.

Nani - United's matchwinner in midweek was involved in Chicharito’s first goal, supplying the initial cross to Vidic. Lively throughout, he forced Thomas Sorensen’s best save in the dying moments.

Darren Fletcher - Back in the league side after missing West Brom, the Scot got stuck in and helped the Reds win the all-important midfield battle.

Paul Scholes - The veteran’s combative copybook was almost blotted by the error that led to Tuncay’s equaliser but he swiftly recovered to play his part in United’s winner.

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