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Stoke beats Defending champ Manchester United 2-1

England: Charlie Adam scored either side of halftime as Stoke claimed its first ever Premier League victory over Manchester United with a 2-1 win at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.Adam put the hosts in front

India TV News Desk [ Updated: February 02, 2014 12:09 IST ]
stoke beats defending champ manchester united 2 1
stoke beats defending champ manchester united 2 1

England: Charlie Adam scored either side of halftime as Stoke claimed its first ever Premier League victory over Manchester United with a 2-1 win at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.


Adam put the hosts in front with a deflected effort in the 38th minute, then smashed home an excellent second in the 52nd after Robin van Persie had leveled straight after the break.

Defending champion United has lost eight league games this season and is struggling to gain a top-four Champions League berth next season.

Stoke had taken just one point from its previous six games and the defeat underlined that, for all the feelgood atmosphere generated by Juan Mata's club record 37.1 million pounds ($61.2 million) arrival from Chelsea, much more is needed to turn United back into a top-flight force.

In a season of unwanted milestones, with West Bromwich Albion, Everton and Newcastle all ending long runs without victories of some kind against United, this was another.

United's task was not made any easier by a fierce wind, strong enough to hold the ball up when it was in the air.

If Moyes' idea had been to take one of the key men off before the end, it was ruined by a couple of injuries in a first half that merely reinforced the feeling his time at United is being dogged by bad luck.

Jonny Evans was first to succumb, forced off with what appeared to be a calf injury before the contest had even begun to take shape.

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