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Stoke beats Man United 2-1, Moyes' misery goes on

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 1, 2014 at 11:38 am •  Published: February 1, 2014
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STOKE, England (AP) — Charlie Adam scored either side of halftime as Stoke claimed its first ever Premier League victory over Manchester United with a 2-1 win at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Adam put the hosts in front with a deflected effort in the 38th minute, then smashed home an excellent second in the 52nd after Robin van Persie had leveled straight after the break.

Defending champion United has lost eight league games this season and is struggling to gain a top-four Champions League berth next season.

Stoke had taken just one point from its previous six games and the defeat underlined that, for all the feelgood atmosphere generated by Juan Mata's club record 37.1 million pounds ($61.2 million) arrival from Chelsea, much more is needed to turn United back into a top-flight force.

In a season of unwanted milestones, with West Bromwich Albion, Everton and Newcastle all ending long runs without victories of some kind against United, this was another.

United's task was not made any easier by a fierce wind, strong enough to hold the ball up when it was in the air.

If Moyes' idea had been to take one of the key men off before the end, it was ruined by a couple of injuries in a first half that merely reinforced the feeling his time at United is being dogged by bad luck.

Jonny Evans was first to succumb, forced off with what appeared to be a calf injury before the contest had even begun to take shape.

The visitors did have cover for that eventuality. But when Phil Jones had to be stretchered off following a nasty clash of heads with Jonathan Walters, with Nemanja Vidic suspended and Rio Ferdinand not making the squad, there was none.

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