By Peter Berlin
August 17, 2013
Wayne Rooney was benched to start Manchester United's opener, but still logged two assists.
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On Saturday, Mignolet faced Jon Walters with the game on the line. He lunged low to his right and blocked the shot. Kenwyne Jones raced onto the rebound. But by the time the Stoke striker thumped his shot goalward, Mignolet had bounced back to his feet. The ball smashed into his thigh. As the ball flew off for a corner and he fell to the ground, Mignolet pumped his left fist in triumph. Liverpool won, 1-0. Suddenly Mignolet looked like he belongs in the Liverpool goal.

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