Tuesday, October 16

Premier League

Result: Manchester United surrender 100% start at Stoke City

Manchester United return to the top of the Premier League despite surrendering their 100% start to the season at Stoke City.

Manchester United have returned to the top of the Premier League despite being held to a 2-2 draw away to Stoke City and surrendering their 100% start to the domestic campaign.

The Red Devils dominated possession in the first period, but the hosts took the lead against the run of play just minutes before half time when Mame Diouf's cross was turned in by Maxim Choupo-Moting from close range.

However, there was still time for United to equalise ahead of the referee's whistle, and they did just that one minute later as Henrikh Mkhitaryan's corner was headed towards goal by Paul Pogba and scrambled over the line by in-form striker Marcus Rashford.

Jose Mourinho's side took the lead early in the second half when Mkhitaryan capped off a counter-attack by putting Romelu Lukaku clean through on goal, the Belgian international beating Jack Butland between the Stoke sticks at the second time of asking to make it 2-1.

Just as United did to them in the first period, the Potters pegged their opponents back immediately, with Choupo-Moting on hand again to place a close-range header into the net just moments after David de Gea had produced an exceptional save to deny Jese on the volley.

The visitors had the best chances to take maximum points and missed a golden opportunity in the 81st minute when substitute Anthony Martial laid the ball on a platter for Lukaku in front of goal, but the Frenchman's cross rebounded off the former Everton striker's shin and bounced behind for a goal kick.

Butland then produced heroics in stoppage time to keep out a header from Phil Jones, diving to his left to palm the goal-bound effort clear and salvage a point for Mark Hughes's Potters.

The draw moves United ahead of their local rivals Manchester City at the top of the league table on goal difference, while Stoke sit in 10th place.

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132
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1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132
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