London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Charlie Adam scored twice as Stoke City defeated Manchester United for the first time in the Premier League via a 2-1 score Saturday at Britannia Stadium.
The win was the first for the Potters over United since 1984. The loss was the eighth league defeat of the season for United and its third straight loss on the road in all competitions.
The loss doomed United’s chances of keeping the league title as it dropped to seventh place, 13 points behind leader Manchester City.
In a first half largely dominated by the visitors, Stoke went ahead after 38 minutes thanks to a deflected Adam free-kick, which hit United’s Michael Carrick on the edge of the area and flew beyond the reach of David de Gea.
Robin van Persie tied the count two minutes after halftime but Adam produced a magnificent left-footed strike to restore Stoke’s lead with his sixth league goal of the season in the 52nd minute.
Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic then saved a free kick from Wayne Rooney as the Potters, who were in the relegation zone prior to kick-off, held on for their first league win since December to move up to 11th in the standings.
“To a man, we were fantastic. We got a little bit of luck with the first goal which we have felt we haven’t had in recent months but, throughout the game, every one of my players put heart and soul into what we were trying to do,” Stoke City manager Mark Hughes said.
“We should have been out of sight with the amount of opportunities we had today and we only have ourselves to blame,” Manchester United manager David Moyes said.
Meanwhile, Everton moved up to fifth after completing a 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Goodison Park, thanks to Kevin Mirallas’ sensational late free-kick.
In other matches, Sunderland defeated Newcastle United, 3-0, while Shane Long’s first Hull City goal helped end the club’s run of four Premier League defeats as they drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur.
Southampton sent Fulham to the bottom of the Premier League table with an emphatic 3-0 victory at Craven Cottage, Cardiff City defeated Norwich City, 2-1, while West Ham United also boosted its chances via a 2-0 win over Swansea City.