|Manchester United||2-0||Stoke City|
|Hernandez (pen) 38|
|Berbatov (pen) 53|
Manchester United took the best possible advantage of Man City’s loss at the hands of Everton on the evening of Tuesday 31st January 2012, by winning at home to Stoke City to draw level with their bitter rivals at the head of the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League table.
United needed a penalty apiece from Hernandez (pen 38) and Berbatov (pen 53) to overcome an otherwise resilient Stoke outfit at Old Trafford.
United’s patient possession football was, as at the weekend, once more in evidence, though they will hope to produce more end product than they found in this match. Worries over their goalkeepers’ form appeared to go right to the top, as Sir Alex Ferguson opted to give third choice Ben Amos a first league start – from which he kept a solid enough clean sheet, though rarely tested by Stoke’s limited efforts on target.
Despite neither side really impressing, it was the same old United, winning at Old Trafford to pick up three points which put them on the same total – 54 points – as Manchester City. Stoke are 8th, one point in front of Everton.