Manchester United can win when digging their heels in. On a cold, wet night in the Britannia Stadium, Manchester United did well to secure the win.
The fact that the most exciting thing in the first half was a bad weather break is a testament to how poor the football was in the face of adverse weather conditions.
To United’s credit, we came out and took the game to Stoke in the second half and won because of it.
A moment of inspiration from Young and a peachy finish from Evra sealed a 2-0 win that will help morale to build within the United camp.
Next up – Sunderland.
Weather made it difficult to analyse much. The first half against Stoke was interrupted by torrential hail and wind which played a huge role in how the first half panned out.
Both teams were forced to play the ball along the ground as the wind made it so unpredictable to do anything else, and it made for a very dour half of football – uneventful and uninspiring.
The second half was a much improved performance from a United perspective and it showed real grit and determination to pull out that sort of second half off after how poor the first one was.
Still, despite that, it is difficult to take too much from the game given how bad the weather was.
What happened Anderson? I was happy when I saw Anderson in the starting XI in a midfield trio alongside Cleverley and Jones. It seemed like the perfect situation for him to thrive in but it just didn’t work out.
Most of his passes were over hit and for a rare start, he didn’t do enough to show Moyes he was making a mistake by not starting him more often.
Ok, the weather played a part considering his expansive style of football but Anderson could have and should have done more.
I am probably being overly critical of the Brazilian but at a time where his United career is coming to a potential end point, he is showing no fight to make Moyes change his mind.
Young goal will help him. Ask United fans what they think of Young and half will tell you he is a waste of space while the other half will say he has more to give. Tonight, he did himself the world of good.
A fantastic goal and a man of the match award will be the perfect tonic for what has been a torrid few months for Young.
Ever since his performance against Manchester City away, he has had to try and work his way back into the good books of both Moyes and the fans. He went some way to repairing that damage tonight.
Fair play to Young. It was a very well taken goal that came as a real surprise but it was what the game needed. He needs to make sure he kicks on from here.
Great response to a tough game. There have been plenty of occasions this season where United have had a very meek response to a difficult game where not much is going for them.
However, tonight against Stoke we pulled together as a team and turned it around in our favour.
Whereas in the first half we struggled to even string a couple of passes together, the second half saw us take the game to Stoke and we came out on top. It was good to see us take the game to Stoke.