After obtaining our first ever point at Old Trafford, we bring to you our player ratings!
Stoke City player ratings:
Lee Grant [GK]: 10 –
OK, i’ll admit, I, like many other Stoke fans was shocked when Stoke City and Mark Hughes turned to Derby County’s second choice keeper, Lee Grant.
Having made his Premier League debut at the age of 33 last Saturday, Grant made an outstanding save to deny James McClean the chance to score, before he was cruelly denied his first clean sheet for Stoke as an unfortunate mix-up with Bruno Martins Indi gave Rondon the chance to equalise for West Brom from the subsequent corner.
Heading in to today’s match, Grant was immediately called into action after the first minute, as Paul Pogba’s neat pass slid in Zlatan Ibrahimovic to convert from 7 yards. To everyone’s dismay, Lee Grant pulled off a spectacular save at his near post to deny the Swede, and it didn’t stop there.
Jesse Lingard was the next to try his luck from deep inside Stoke City’s penalty area after neat work from Ibrahimovic allowed Lingard to fire in from a similar distance, again only to be denied by truly world-class goalkeeping.
Grant was harshly denied a clean sheet after Manchester United got incredibly fortunate in the build up for Anthony Martial’s goal after Rooney’s poor touch got rebounded to Martial from the exact position he beat Butland from, back in January.
There was nothing fortunate about the finish, though. Martial’s effort was absolutely unstoppable, and not a single keeper in world football would have saved it.
Despite a late onslaught, Manchester United found out that they simply were not getting past Grant as a mixture of luck, and also real talent prevailed to ensure Stoke City got their first ever Premier League point at Old Trafford, and it was mainly down to Grant’s heroics.
A near perfect performance sees a perfect 10 rating from us, long may it continue!
Glen Johnson [RB] 6.5 –
Not his best of performances, but ultimately solid. Johnson was perhaps suspect for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s chance in the first minute, however, after that he defended reasonably solid, and provides Stoke with a much needed attacking presence and also played a huge part in Stoke’s equaliser.
Since his return, Stoke have looked much more at home as a back four/five and if he stays fit, he will be key to Stoke moving in the right direction this season.
Ryan Shawcross [RCB] – 7
Again, like Johnson, Shawcross perhaps could be potentially blamed for letting Zlatan Ibrahimovic in early doors, however, Shawcross pretty much kept Zlatan quiet all game, dominating the Swede throughout, beating him to the majority of things.
Surprisingly, (or perhaps not so) Shawcross managed just four successful passes today, perhaps signalling Hughes’ message to him to get back to his old style of defending which brought Stoke huge success under Tony Pulis.
It’s great to see Shawcross playing regularly having seemingly managed to shake off his back problem, it’s so healthy for Stoke that they aren’t regularly messing with the back four.
Bruno Martins Indi [LCB]: 6.5 –
Again, it was a decent day at the office for Bruno Martins Indi, who is looking like he will form a very promising partnership with Shawcross, should they both stay fit.
Indi was a calming influence to the team today at times, he won everything he needed to, and on occasion drove the ball out of the heart of defence for Stoke at vital stages.
Erik Pieters [LB]: 7
Now i’ll be the first one to hold my hands up, Erik Pieters over the last few weeks has really proved me wrong. Having lambasted him on social media for his huge drop in performances, Pieters delivered an excellent shift today, and proved to be absolutely solid on the left side.
He was tested late on in the game with the arrival of Memphis, but his block in the last minute of the game couldn’t have come at a better time for Stoke, and all in all, it was a really decent shift from the Dutchman.
Glenn Whelan [RDM]: 6 –
It was a typical Whelan-like display again from Glenn today, at times he gave the ball away, but as much as people may like to moan at his inclusion, he is still a pivotal player for Stoke City, and when partnered with Geoff Cameron, looks much more solid.
Whelan wasn’t spectacular today, nor was he unspectacular. He kept the game ticking over, made vital interceptions and tackles, and really provided his defence with much needed cover.
Geoff Cameron [LDM]: 7.5 –
Superb. The USA international looked completely at home in his position today, and gave Stoke a really solid base in which to build on.
Again, like Whelan, his inclusion in midfield draws serious eyebrows at times from the Stoke faithful, and admittedly, sometimes Geoff can be sloppy in possession. Today was not the case for that though.
He regularly dispossessed United’s players, drew fouls at key times, and has really come in and made that position his own.
Joe Allen [CM]: 9 –
WOW. What can I say about this guy that hasn’t already been said?
‘The Welsh Xavi’ was once again on the score-sheet for the Potters after yet another tireless display in midfield for Stoke, which saw him cover a huge 7.5 miles throughout the 90 minutes – nearly a mile more than any other player on the pitch!
Allen’s energy is phenomenal, he is prepared to die for the shirt once he comes on the field, and after another glowing performance from the Welshman – it;s a wonder that Liverpool let him go without a fight.
It’s also a sign of his humble personality off the field as well that he was prepared to shake the hand of Ander Herrera after his horrific challenge may have broken Allen’s leg on another day.
Be that as it may, Allen shook it off, and didn’t let it affect his tremendous performance and mainly along with Lee Grant, helped to earn City a wonderful point.
Marko Arnautovic [LM]: 6 –
Unusually, it was a quiet afternoon for the Austrian, a few neat interchanges with Shaqiri created a golden chance for Joe Allen early in the second half, but today was not one of Arnie’s best games.
Arnie was subbed for Jonathan Walters late on, much to his dismay, but the Austrian still played a big part in today’s result, and scared Valencia on a few different occasions who was cautious to engage Arnautovic whilst on a booking.
Xherdan Shaqiri [RM] 7 –
Another splendid performance from Shaqiri proved just how much Stoke City have missed him. He was involved in pretty much everything good today, and created all three of Stoke’s big chances on the day.
He constantly gave Daley Blind a headache all afternoon, and his mesmeric skill left Smalling on another planet, before being brought down by the United defender.
His neat work in the corner allowed Johnson the chance to fire in at David De Gea, and you know what happened from there.
Injuries are the only worry with Xherdan, so if Hughes can keep him on the field of play, Stoke will seriously start to rise up the table.
Wilfried Bony [ST]: 5 –
It was a tough afternoon for Bony, who found it hard against two very good centre halves in Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly.
Bony was poor in possession to begin with, however late on in the first half he really grew into the game. His hold-up play is there for everyone to see, he just needs to gain an understanding with his team-mates.
It could be a welcome break for Bony, who will look to get firing in time for City’s next Premier League game against the Black Cats.
Jonathan Walters [LM] – 5.5
Peter Crouch [ST] – 5.5