Rampant United Ease Past Stoke To Cut City Lead To 12 Points
Manchester United gained ground on Manchester City after comfortably seeing off Stoke 3-0 at Old Trafford on Monday night.
Goals from fit-again Antonio Valencia, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku aided by an inspired performance from Paul Pogba shrunk City’s commanding league lead over their Manchester neighbours to 12 points after Pep Guardiola’s men fell 4-3 to Liverpool in a thrilling match at Anfield on Sunday.
The Ecuador international got the Red Devils off to a dream start after just nine minutes, Frenchman Martial then added to his tally six minutes before the break, when his cut-back at the top of the box found Martial free to perfectly curl home past Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland without needing a second touch.
Lukaku made it 3-0 in the 72nd minute, when the struggling striker may have used a hand to control a Martial pass in the box, turned and fired his shot past Butland who was left no chance at the near post.
With the 3-0 win, United moved to 50 points from 23 matches, trailing City’s total of 62 in the Premier League in the current season.