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Man Utd 3-0 Stoke

17 January, 2018, 02:20 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Anthony Martial scored in the Manchester United victory

The French midfield maestro dominated the proceedings and was largely involved in United's build-up play which continuously kept the Potters backline at bay.

Stoke, who axed Mark Hughes earlier this month, had made the surprise appointment of Lambert just hours before the game on Monday and the ex-Norwich and Aston Villa boss was at Old Trafford to witness what he has taken on.

It might not have been vintage United, but after leaders Manchester City lost their unbeaten league record in a 4-3 reverse at Liverpool on Sunday, it was vital Jose Mourinho's side took the chance to close the gap at the top to 12 points.

"Obviously we see Manchester City in front of us and they lost", he told Sky Sports.

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But United were back on top immediately after the restart with Butland needing to race from his line to beat Martial to another expert Pogba pass.

The Frenchman was named Man United's best player on the pitch after grabbing two assists and performing superbly, running the show, in a comfortable 3-0 victory against relegation strugglers Stoke City.

"He had an assist and if he had scored the free-kick with the last shot of the game, it would be really a reward for him". The French worldwide believes his side are very much in the title race and need to continue their winning run in the competition without looking at the past.

"We're not looking to the past".

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"In the second half it was different, the second half was harder for them, 2-0 was difficult for them to react to, we were in control of the game". "So it was good for them to lose, but we have to think about ourselves winning".

"We had lots of chances to score the third goal and to kill the match before we did".

That is despite the former Juventus star having only played in 13 league matches due to a hamstring problem that sidelined him for seven games and the three-match ban he incurred after being sent off against Arsenal. "We just have to focus on ourselves, keep winning and I think we will be OK".

"We recover the ball faster, we didn't let them play".

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