Saturday 15 November 2008
Barclays Premier League, Old Trafford
MANCHESTER UNITED 5
(Ronaldo 3, 89; Carrick 45; Berbatov 49; Welbeck 84)
STOKE CITY 0
United: van der Sar; O'Shea, Evans, Vidic, Evra; Ronaldo, Fletcher (Gibson 63), Carrick, Park (Welbeck 63); Berbatov, Tevez (Manucho 74). Not used: Foster, Rafael, Anderson, Nani.
Stoke: Sorensen; Higginbotham, Ab Faye, Shawcross, Griffin (Wilkinson 79); Olofinjana (Cresswell 31), Diao, Am Faye, Delap; Fuller (Kitson 68), Sidibe. Not used: Simonsen, Cort, Tonge, Whelan.
Manchester United taught Stoke City a harsh lesson on their first Premier League visit to Old Trafford with a ruthless five-goal display in November 2008.
Cristiano Ronaldo hit his 100th United goal with a trademark 30-yard free-kick to open the scoring, while Danny Welbeck netted on his league debut for the Reds with a spectacular, rising strike from a similar distance after coming on as a second-half substitute.
In between, Michael Carrick’s left-footed drive found its way through a crowd of Stoke defenders to hit the top corner and Dimitar Berbatov fired low past Thomas Sorensen.
Stoke sporadically threatened with their perhaps overly relied-on tactic of Rory Delap’s long throw-ins, but United comfortably held firm and Ronaldo completed the scoring with another arrowing free-kick one minute from full-time.