Charlie Adam’s Brace Downs United.

Charlie Adam’s double strike gave Stoke their first league win over Manchester United since 1984 on a miserable afternoon for the champions.

United started with Juan Mata, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney for the first time but fell behind when Adam’s free-kick flew in off Michael Carrick.

Van Persie levelled with a neat finish just after half-time.

But Adam immediately restored Stoke’s lead in spectacular style with a fierce 25-yard strike into the top corner.

David Moyes Suffered His Eighth Defeat in 25 League Games as Charlie Adam Bags Brace.
David Moyes Suffered His Eighth Defeat in 24 League Games as Charlie Adam Bags Brace.

The closest United came to an equaliser was Rooney’s injury-time free-kick, which was brilliantly tipped on to the post by Asmir Begovic before Stoke cleared their lines.

With his three best attacking players starting for the first time, this was supposed to be the start of a bright new era for United and their manager David Moyes, but instead it became an all-too familiar nightmare that will further dent their hopes of a top-four finish.

Source: BBC Sport.

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