By Alan Duffy
Manchester United – Stoke City – Premier League – 20th October 2012
Wayne Rooney netted three goals in his sides’ home clash on Saturday afternoon, although one of those did end up in the back of his own net. That own-goal, on 11 minutes, opened the scoring for the Potters who, courtesy of some excellent play from Charlie Adam, held their own for periods of the game.
However, ultimately a brace from Rooney along with goals from Robin Van Persie and Danny Welbeck would give the home side the three points, although Michael Kightly did get a second for the visitors on the hour mark.
The result sees United go four points behind leaders Chelsea, but their defensive frailty, a feature of this season so far, will concern Fergie. Tony Pulis, on the other hand, will be happy with his team’s display today.