Last Updated: 26/10/13 5:49pm
And that's it! United beat Stoke City 3-2. You can feel the relief around Old Trafford. David Moyes claims a vital three points.
Excellent defending by Rooney who casually heads the ball back to De Gea from 8-yards. Cool stuff from Rooney.
Kagawa tracks N'Zonzi well and United win the ball back. Stoke still happy to push forward in pursuit of an equaliser.
Credit to United but two lapses in concentration from Stoke could be costly. Pieters concedes a foul.
GOAL! Hernandez heads past Begovic and home. Delightful ball from Evra. What a comeback! It appeared unlikely.
GOAL! Rooney flicks Van Persie's corner into the top corner. Great delivery, great header. Where was the marking?
Rooney wanting the ball in deep areas all the time now. Valencia's cross is cleared. Corner to United.
Just over 15 minutes remaining and United still seeing plenty of the ball in the Stoke final third. The problem appears to be their final ball and tempo.
Rooney sets Januzaj up at the other end but his strike is blocked. Gaps starting to appear at either end.
Kagawa tucking in behind the forwards when he can but there isn't enough room for him at the moment.
Januzaj wins another free-kick. The home side must do better when they have these opportunities though.
Walters looking dangerous marked by only one Manchester United defender. He can't reach Begovic's throw though.
United probing but Stoke are being stubborn. Januzaj with a lovely ball to Cleverley and they claim a corner.
Free-kick to United on the edge of the box. Cleverley was chopped down. Good play from the United midfielder.
Stoke set up exactly the same as in the first half. Cleverley can't keep hold of possession this time.
The whistle goes and there appears to be a spot of trouble between Van Persie and a couple of the Stoke players as the teams leave the pitch. Stoke lead at the break. 2-1.
GOAL! Van Persie converts from close range after Rooney's header was saved by Begovic. Nani it was with the cross.
Smalling does well down the right with the help of Nani and United have a corner. Van Persie delivers but that man Crouch is back to clear.
Rooney punches the floor as he wins United a free-kick. Carrick then gives it away but Jones heads away from Crouch just in time.
Signs that United might be about to start a spell of pressure. Rooney's corner is fisted away by Begovic.
Corner for United. Can they make this count? Sense of worry around Old Trafford at the moment. Headed away by Crouch.
One long ball from the back caused all kinds of problems for the United defence then. Nani has a go from distance. Wide.
Evans joins in the United attack but he fizzes a ball into Cleverley inside the area and he has no chance with that one.
Rooney and Kagawa interchanging well but Stoke's shape is good. Hughes has clearly worked well with his squad this week. Van Persie then fires one over.
United with the ball outside Stoke City's penalty area but it is very predictable so far from the champions.
Nani is down with a knock. He hasn't always produced that killer ball but he certainly looks lively.
Smalling this time has a go down the right but he needs to feed Rooney with a better ball than that.
GOAL! Crouch converts from close range. Terrible defending down United's right. De Gea saves the first attempt but is powerless to stop the goal. 1-0 Stoke.
Ireland looks like the one who will support Crouch when he can. He picks up on a Cleverley mistake straight away.
Out come the players. When these two teams met last season in the Premier League at Old Trafford, United won 4-2.
The players are in the tunnel. You get the impression that United need a run of wins if they are going to have any chance of retaining their title.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes claims United are 'vulnerable at the moment' and 'can't afford any more slip-ups'. But his Potters have lost their way in recent games and have failed to find the net in their last three matches, losing to Norwich and Fulham before holding West Brom to a goalless draw. The omens are good for the hosts as United have won all five of their previous Premier League home games against Stoke. City, meanwhile, have lost more Premier League games against United than versus any other side - nine in total.
Manchester United will be looking to keep their midweek momentum going when they tackle Stoke City at Old Trafford. David Moyes' men secured a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in the Champions League on Wednesday night to ease the pain of conceding a late equaliser in their 1-1 draw with visiting Southampton last weekend. The defending champions lie in eighth place in the Premier League table having already lost three of their opening eight league games.
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The champions have been heavily backed against Stoke to put an end to their indifferent Old Trafford form. United have only dropped two points in 10 Premier League meetings against the Potters and have a 100 per cent home record. United have won their last three games against today's visitors by two goals and its 3/1 for a repeat, while Rooney to net first is 7/2.
Stoke City starting XI: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Huth, Pieters; Walters, Palacios, Ireland, Nzonzi, Arnautovic; Crouch.
Manchester United starting XI: De Gea; Smalling, Jones, Evans, Evra; Nani, Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa; Rooney, van Persie.