KENYA BROWN - Monday, October 3, 2016
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City left Jose Mourinho and Manchester United frustrated as a late goal by the Potters saw them share the points at Old Trafford.
Manchester United 1-1 Stoke City
Joe Allen's goal with eight minutes left in the game cancelled out Antony Martial's strike as the Potters left Manchester with a point.
Geoff Cameron started in a defensive midfield role in a 4-2-3-1 formation for Stoke and played the entire game.
After United 4-1 win over defending champions Leicester City last weekend, it seemed like they had finally turned the corner on their poor form. However, they were not able to capitalize on chances they had to put the game out of reach and Stoke took advantage.
United started out the stronger of the two teams, but Stoke would an excellent chance to open the scoring in the 14th minute. Allen made a run down the right with ball before crossing into the path of Wilfried Bony. The Ivorian whiffed at his chance, but the ball came Cameron's way only for him to take a weak shot that David De Gea easily grabbed.
The home side continued to push for the opening goal, but could not find the goal, especially world record signing Paul Pogba, but were left frustrated as they headed to the locker room with the game still scoreless.
Stoke had to thank on loan goalkeeper Lee Grant for making the necessary saves to keep them in the game.
The United fans were begging for a goal as the second half dragged on and they were finally rewarded in the 70th minute. Wayne Rooney lost control of the ball in the area and it hit Cameron's leg before it fell to Martial, who curled his shot into the top corner of the goal.
Now the pressure was on the visitors to find the equalizer.
They got in the 82nd minute through Allen. De Gea would parry a very weak shot from Glen Johnson and the ball fell at the feet of Jonathan Walters. The Irishman cross then hit the bar and Allen would be in the right place at the right time to tap it in.
United were now desperate to score another goal and their best effort came a minute before stoppage time, but Pogba's shot hit the bar.
Stoke move up to 19th place in the standings with three points.
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