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Published: 13:35 | 2/10/16

Allen nets equaliser as Stoke hold Man Utd


Joe Allen netted an 83rd-minute equaliser, as Stoke City held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Anthony Martial gave Jose Mourinho's side the lead on 68 minutes, but Wales international Allen took advantage of a David de Gea error to bring to an end a run of 14 straight Stoke defeats at Old Trafford.

De Gea's opposite number Lee Grant, making just the second Premier League appearance of his career, kept his side in the match in the opening hour with fine saves from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Juan Mata and Paul Pogba.

But the 33-year-old was finally beaten by Martial, who seemed to have secured United a 14th consecutive Premier League win over the Potters at Old Trafford with a sublime goal midway through the second half.

The Frenchman ran at the Stoke defence down the left flank and fed substitute Wayne Rooney inside the area with a low pass, only for the England captain, not up to the pace of the game after just a minute on the pitch, to be easily dispossessed by Geoff Cameron.

But the ball dropped at the feet of Martial, who had continued his run and stayed composed to curl a shot into the top corner of Grant's goal.

But, to the delight of former United fans' favourite Mark Hughes on the Stoke bench, the visitors secured their first league point at Old Trafford since 1980 thanks to Allen's tap-in into an empty goal.

There seemed little danger as Glen Johnson's deflected shot from the edge of the area squirted along the ground, but de Gea made the kind of mistake long forgotten since his debut season in 2001, and Jon Walters was able to recycle the ball for Allen to swoop.

United had a golden chance to nick all three points in the final minute, but Pogba saw his close-range header from Marcus Rashford's inch-perfect cross from the right slam off the crossbar with Grant, for once, flailing.

By Nick Royle

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