Stoke City   0

Man United   2

Carrick (4), van Persie (67)

Sunday 14 April Britannia Stadium | Attendance: 27,191

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Stoke City
1Begovic
2Cameronsub33
17Shawcross
4Huth
28Wilkinson
30Shotton
6Whelan
15N'Zonzi
16Adam
19Walterssub10
9Jonessub25
Subs:
29Sorensen
8Palacios
10Owensub19
18Whitehead
21Kightly
25Crouchsub9
33Jeromesub2yellow card
Man United
1De Gea
7Valenciayellow card
15Vidic
5Ferdinand
3Evra
10Rooney
4Jones
16Carrickgoal
26Kagawa
20van Persiegoal
14Hernandezsub19
Subs:
13Lindegaard
6Evans
11Giggs
12Smalling
23Cleverley
19Welbecksub14
28Buttner

Report

14/04/2013 15:54, Report by Adam Marshall
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Report: Stoke 0 United 2

Manchester United got the title bid back on track with a convincing 2-0 win at Stoke City that stretches the lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League to 15 points.

After the derby defeat to Manchester City, a trip to a blustery Britannia Stadium against a team battling to avoid the drop was clearly a potential banana-skin but the Reds' class showed in testing conditions with Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie, from the penalty spot, grabbing the goals. 

Sir Alex Ferguson selected Wayne Rooney in midfield with Javier Hernandez handed a chance to continue his fine scoring record against the Potters while Phil Jones and Shinji Kagawa also started. Rooney looked at home and the visitors made the perfect start following a fourth-minute corner.

Van Persie's cross led to right-back Phil Jones trying to hook the ball goalwards but a scramble ensued and Carrick intelligently jabbed into the corner of the net with the outside of his foot. It was a first league goal for the majestic midfielder this term and the 100th for United in all competitions in 2012/2013.

Another van Persie corner saw Patrice Evra lift an attempt over the top while Rooney forced a decent stop out of Asmir Begovic after unleashing a piledriver from long range. Stoke's response to falling behind was muted until Robert Huth headed wide from a Charlie Adam cross.

Nevertheless, United dictated matters for the majority of the first half and looked pretty comfortable. Van Persie tried to end his goal drought and lobbed a cheeky effort well wide from 40 yards out after robbing Adam before firing in a snap-shot that was fumbled behind for a corner by Begovic. 

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