Valencia, Martial, Lukaku On Target As Man United Outclass Stoke
- Author: Julie Sanders Jan 16, 2018,
Jan 16, 2018, 18:02
We scored an awesome goal, but it was not enough to hurt them because they had a very good reaction.
Mourinho says the team is changing shape to suit the flamboyant Frenchman's knowledge, skills and abilities. The Englishman will be someone to look out for on Monday. Perhaps the most pleasing thing for the United manager was the man-of-the-match performance by Ander Herrera as the midfield anchor, turning back the clock to replicate the form which endeared him to the United faithful last season.
Stoke City are now sitting in eighteenth place with only twenty points. Like his teammates, Ireland was unable to stamp any authority on the game as Coventry proved the more impressive team. Bearing in mind he has missed 10 games through injury/suspension, that is incredible.
Michael Carrick and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are still out until February with heart and knee injuries respectively, with Bailly expected to return no earlier than March with his troublesome groin.
Martial and Juan Mata passed up chances to compound the Potters' misery after the break, meaning Romelu Lukaku's 72nd-minute third goal felt wholly inevitable, as thoughts began to turn towards the Belgian's prospective new strike partner. United, however, doubled their lead and it was Pogba again who made it possible.
"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".
"I think the pressure on these clubs is everybody has conditions, investments, huge money coming from TV rights and so on, so everybody has good players and thinks they can get a good position in the table", Jose Mourinho said.
Valencia, Martial and Lukaku were all on the scoring sheet in United's 3-0 thumping of Stoke but it was Paul Pogba who stole the show with his masterful skills and magnificent passing. "They had more chances than I would have liked them to have had in the first half", he added.
Pogba is beginning to more regularly play with the swagger and snap he developed at Juventus; successfully executing a flip-flop one moment, swiping away Stephen Ireland's legs the next.
When Pogba is in the side, United simply do not lose.