Anthony Martial scores but Manchester United draws with last-place Stoke
MANCHESTER, England (AP) —
United, which has won just one of its last four league games, took the lead in the 69th minute through
Joe Allen grabbed an 82nd-minute equalizer for Stoke following a rare mistake by
United failed to beat an opponent that started the day in last place, still hasn't won in seven games in the league this season, and had lost on its last 13 visits to Old Trafford dating back to 1980.
"Best United performance all season," said Mourinho, whose side beat Leicester 4-1 last weekend. "It could have been 3-0 or 4-0 at halftime and 6-0 or 7-0 at fulltime. The result is 1-1. That is football."
Stoke was also thankful for a superb display by 33-year-old goalkeeper
"To go a goal behind against a team like that and come back is a great ask," said Allen.
Grant had no chance with Martial's goal, the France winger pouncing on a loose ball after fellow substitute Wayne Rooney was dispossessed and whipping a shot into the top corner from an angle. Grant was also beaten when Paul Pogba leapt for a right-wing cross and connected with the ball with his shoulder, only for the ball to rebound off the crossbar.
United won its first three league games of the season but has slipped off the pace since losing the Manchester derby in early September.
Rooney, the club captain, started on the bench for the second straight league game.