Manchester United were put to the sword by Stoke City at the Britannia a little over a month ago. Well, Louis Van Gaal's men got their revenge, and how, turning on the style they do so rarely nowadays to come away with a 3-0 victory in the English Premier League.
This is the kind of performance that the fans demand from Manchester United in every game, and it is strange that they manage to pull them out only every so often. After a dire performance in front of their own fans the last time around in the Premier League, Manchester United found their attacking mojo in this one, easing past Stoke with goals from Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney.
In just the 14th minute, Manchester United, already dominant, were 1-0 ahead as Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, after some good work from the excellent Juan Mata, swung in a nice low cross from the left for Jesse Lingard to finish from close range.
Manchester United took complete control of the match ten minutes later when Martial showed, yet again, why the club paid all that money to Monaco last summer for his services. Off a quick counter, and after a couple of quick passes from Mata and Rooney, Martial got the ball on the edge of the area. With space and the invitation to shoot, the France international did just that, and what a beauty it was too, with the ball curling into the top corner, leaving Jack Butland with absolutely no chance.
Mata could have made it 3-0 with about six minutes to go to halftime as well, but the playmaker missed a simple header from six yards out, giving Stoke City, who were so dominant in the reverse fixture at the Britannia, but nothing like it in this one, hope of at least making a game of it in the second 45.
That hope, though, would be put to rest on 53 minutes as Manchester United put on another flowing move, with Mata finding Martial on the left, for the Frenchman to fire in a low cross for Rooney to tap-in.