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Rashford, Lukaku score again but Man United defence buckles to drop points

Manchester United went in to Saturday's game hoping to maintain their 100 percent winning record in the Premier League but left with just a point. It isn't the worst result in the world but after Manchester City scored so many goals earlier on Saturday, United would have loved the win.

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United are continuing to score, having struggled to put away their chances last season. It's great for Romelu Lukaku's confidence that he was able to continue his hot streak in front of goal, even if he should have added to his tally with a later chance.


Having gone 2-1 ahead, United needed to see the game out or score another to solidify the result. It is disappointing to see them throw the points away, particularly through an individual error; the defence had been brilliant this season but Eric Bailly and Phil Jones looked all over the place at times on Saturday.

Manager rating out of 10

7 -- Playing a three-man midfield was supposed to give United extra steel and keep Stoke out but it didn't work out that way, largely thanks to defensive errors. Questions will be asked of Jose Mourinho taking off Marcus Rashford, who had been dangerous throughout; Juan Mata and Anthony Martial came on with enough time to make a difference but it wasn't to be.

Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK David De Gea, 8 -- Had a few early saves to make, with the best coming from a long-range attempt from Shaqiri. His best stop of the game came from point-blank range to deny Jese; the reaction speed was incredible. There was nothing De Gea could do about either goal.

DF Antonio Valencia, 6 -- Delivered a few dangerous balls in to the box and supported the attack well.

DF Eric Bailly, 5 -- Didn't get close to Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting when he put Stoke 1-0 up and was sloppy in possession in the penalty area. Overall, Bailly didn't command the defence the way he usually does.

DF Phil Jones, 5 -- Didn't protect the front post when the cross came in for Stoke's first goal but made a crucial interception to stop Jese later. However, for Stoke's equaliser, Jones let Choupo-Moting go free.

DF Matteo Darmian, 6 -- Made an important header to stop the ball falling to Diouf but wasn't tight enough to his man in the build-up to Stoke's opener. Made a great tackle to deny Jese and won back possession in the lead up to United's second goal; a mixed performance.

Romelu Lukaku scored his fourth Premier League goal of the season but Manchester United had to settle for a point at Stoke.

MF Ander Herrera, 6 -- Didn't do enough in his first start of the season to make Mourinho think twice about starting him in future. He worked hard but didn't have a huge impact on the game.

MF Nemanja Matic, 7 -- In the right place at the right time to save United on occasion, he also helped the team going forward too with some nice passing.

MF Paul Pogba, 6 -- Having commanded United's previous games, Pogba didn't have the same influence. The first goal has been given to Rashford but his header was going in.

FW Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 7 -- Delieverd a great corner for the equaliser before threading the ball through perfectly for Lukaku to put United ahead. This was another occasion when Mkhitaryan has proven how important he is creatively but he was also quiet for long periods.

FW Marcus Rashford, 7 -- Made early runs forward and was denied twice by Butland. He didn't know much his goal, but they all count. Rashford looked like United's most dangerous player but was replaced for the final 20 minutes.

FW Romelu Lukaku, 7 -- Had a few attempts before putting United 2-1 ahead, though even that came following an initial save from Butland after Lukaku timed his run perfectly to stay onside. With 10 minutes to play, had a great chance to win the game but the attempt came off his ankle and went over. 


MF Juan Mata, 6 -- Played a few good balls but didn't change the game. It was strange that Lukaku took a late free kick ahead of him.

FW Anthony Martial, 6 -- Put in an excellent ball to Lukaku that should have set up a goal and showed brilliant skill on the left wing to leave Mame Diouf. However, he also gave away silly free kicks, which allowed Stoke to waste time.

MF Jesse Lingard, NR -- Came on late for Mkhitaryan and got in one good cross.

Scott is one of ESPN FC's Manchester United bloggers. Follow him on Twitter: @R_o_M.


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