Man United 3 v 0 Stoke: Van Gaal has resurrected

Stadium: Old Trafford . Premier League

Manchester United

Manchester United
3
Wayne Rooney, 53′
Final

Stoke City

Stoke City
0
Anthony Martial, 23′
Jesse Lingard, 14′

Manchester United scored three superb goals against Stoke City on Tuesday night at the Theater of Dreams. I will definitely agree with myself that the Busby Babes would have been proud of the Red Devils at Old Trafford as the players sealed an impressive 3-0 win over Stoke City.

jesse lingard after scoring Stoke 02.02.16

Photo: Jesse Lingard celebrates after opening the scoring with a fine header for United.

On a night when the club remembered the Munich Air Disaster of 1958 with various tributes, Louis van Gaal’s men – wearing black armbands – produced a suitably exciting performance – according to MANUTD. A couple of fine first-half finishes, from Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, put United in the driving seat at the break, before the indefatigable Captain Wayne Rooney added an excellent third soon after the restart and edged just five goals behind Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing club record – and Club Legend Bobby Charlton was there with his wife.

Martial . Anthony Martial scored his ninth goal of the season for Manchester United

Photo: Anthony Martial scored his ninth goal of the season for Manchester United.

The Red Devils, who looked strong from the beginning as an attacking unit throughout the first period, had a chance to grab another before the break when Darmian made space and crossed the ball to the unmarked Juan Mata, who had popped up in some dangerous positions across the opening 45 minutes, but his header was off target.

Manchester United kept in contention for a top-four Premier League place and gave manager Louis van Gaal a rare night of relaxation as Stoke City were outclassed at Old Trafford.

Rooney scores against Stoke 02.02.16

Photo: Captain Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring the 3rd goal against Stoke City.

I was ultimately thrilled when youngster, Jesse Lingard, headed in left-full back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s perfect delivery after 14 minutes to end a shocking sequence of 11 matches without a first-half goal at home stretching over a period of eight hours 40 minutes.

Frenchman Anthony Martial scored the goal, his performance merited, with a fine curled finish shortly after, before setting up the third for Rooney from close range, eight minutes after the break and what a fine finish Rooney made of Martial’s perfect cross.

It was a much-expected win for United’s performance and the victory margin could have been even greater. Man United is now in the fifth place, five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

The Boss, Louis Van Gaal, was elated as we eased past Stoke City.

Man United team line up:

De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson; Fellaini (Herrera 80), Carrick, Lingard, Mata (Pereira 88), Martial (Memphis 79); Rooney. Subs not used: Romero, McNair, Varela, Schneiderlin.

Half-Time Stats:

Possession: United 47% Stoke 53%

Shots: United 12 Stoke 6

Shots on target: United 4 Stoke 0

Corners: United 2 Stoke 3

Barclays Premier League | 2 February 2016 | Old Trafford | Attendance: 75,234 | Scorers: Lingard 14′, Martial 23′, Rooney 53’

Can anyone ask for more?

Up Man U!

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