Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City: 5 Talking Points

Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City: 5 Talking Points

Manchester United defender, Phil Jones, has disclosed why he feels his club can overtake Premier League leaders, Manchester City this season.

Man Utd XI: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Shaw; Matic, Pogba; Mata, Lingard, Martial; Lukaku.

"I didn't select him today because I wanted players fully focused and I understand that with so much talk and speculation it is not easy for Mkhitaryan to play at home with this feeling", Mourinho said.

United believe they have won the battle for the £35 million-rated Sanchez, who is out of contract with Arsenal at the end of the season, especially after City let the Gunners know on Monday that they are no longer interested in Sanchez, given his fee and salary demands.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has also been mooted as an option for the Alexis deal, and the Armenia global has been left out of the matchday squad by Jose Mourinho.

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Heading into the final 20 minutes, United added the final nail to Stoke's coffin when Romelu Lukaku found the net with a low drive.

Paul Lambert was at Old Trafford having been announced as Stoke's new manager earlier in the day.

Stoke's caretaker boss Eddie Niedzwiecki handed a debut to right-back Moritz Bauer and the £5.5million signing from Rubin Kazan was a touch fortunate not to be punished for hauling Martial down inside the area after six minutes.

He took charge of United in 2016. As things stand for the Champions League qualification, the victory took United three points clear off the third and fourth-placed Chelsea and Liverpool respectively. In between the two first-half goals, Stoke had some moments of hope with injury-plagued Stephen Ireland, starting a league game for the first time in 996 days, coming close twice in quick succession.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho hailed Paul Pogba and said his team's profile was changing to suit the midfielder. The performance was a passing masterclass; a highlights reel from a single game that should be shown to youngsters in Premier League academies far and wide. There was a brief chant of "Paul Lambert's red-and-white army" from the travelling supporters inside Old Trafford but the majority appears underwhelmed that the Scot, who has been out of work since leaving Wolves in the summer, has been handed a two-and-a-half year deal.

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