Moyes hails Man Utd’s fiery fighting spirit in 3-2 victory over Stoke City
Manchester United manager David Moyes hailed the fighting spirit of his men after striking back goals twice in a 3-2 victory over Stoke City at Old Trafford on Saturday. Moyes was preparing to face the music just as Old Trafford rebels were clearing their throats for chants of “you’ll be sacked in the morning” when two late goals took Manchester United to an unexpected and exciting victory.
Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez became the arsenal for Manchester United’s comeback victory. Both forwards scored late goals to take the Premier League champions to a much needed victory. Moyes knew he would have been in trouble if he faced another setback at home, following defeats at the hands of West Bromwich Albion and Southampton.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has been unable to impress with his goalscoring record this season. Therefore when Stoke City went ahead of the Red Devils in the third-minute, courtesy of Peter Crouch, there was an awkward silence at Old Trafford. Stoke City’s early goal was equalized just before half-time with a Robin van Persie strike following an assist from Wayne Rooney.
Both teams started after the interval with their scores leveled, but a 45th minute Marko Arnautovic free-kick changed that. Goalkeeper David De Gea stretched to his best on the right, but was unable to stop the curling shot. Stoke City parked the bus in front of their goal after acquiring the lead for the second time in the game. Manchester United pressed on, but little success was achieved. In the 78th minute a deflected cross from Nani reached the box which was headed into the back of the net by Wayne Rooney.
Manchester United weren’t satisfied with the equalizer as they continued to push for the winner and four minutes later they got it. Another cross into the box, this time from Patrice Evra, reached the head of second-half substitute Javier Hernandez. The Mexican striker made no mistake in placing the ball in between the gaps of the defense for a goal.
Moyes was happy with the results from the game. The Old Trafford boss also had special praise for the home fans.
“I thought with 15 to 20 minutes to go the supporters were terrific - they drove the team on and they played a big part in getting the result,” Moyes said. “I thought in the end we had to go for it. I thought we did a lot of good things but an awful lot of really poor things that put us in the situation we were in. We got ourselves back in the game just before half-time only to concede from a poor, poor free kick.
“That got us going in at half-time on a downer but I said at half-time your job is to win the game and you're more than capable of doing it. We needed the substitutes today and they made a big difference.”