Manchester United see off Stoke to shrink City lead to 12 points

Anthony Martial scored in the Manchester United victory

Pogba is now level with the City duo of Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane at the top of this season's Premier League assists chart, having helped set up nine goals.

"I didn't like the first half, I only like two awesome goals", Mourinho said.

Romelu Lukaku scored his 17th goal of the season after 73 minutes to add the finishing touch to a comfortable night on which United barley got out of second gear.

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This season has seen the Red Devils show flashes of brilliance on occasion, but ultimately too fleetingly to mount a genuine Premier League title challenge to rivals Manchester City. The drop in performance in terms of the connection from defence to attack when he is not there is completely different with United.

Valencia and Lukaku were involved in the buildup before Pogba played a fizzing pass to Martial on the edge of the box.

Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini came on in place of Jesse Lingard and Martial with 10 minutes remaining, and the former nearly scored a cute, backheeled finish to round off the Red Devils rout. We recover the ball faster, we didn't let them play.

Martial trained with the squad in Dubai last week but has returned with an injury and could miss the game at Old Trafford.

The game takes place on Monday 15 January.

Stoke - who appointed Paul Lambert to replace Mark Hughes as manager on Monday - make seven changes from their defeat to Coventry.

Mourinho signed a three-year deal with the 20-time champions of England, with an option to stay at the club at least until 2020.

Lambert was effectively fourth choice when considering that Stoke failed to land Martin O'Neill, Gary Rowett or Quique Sanchez Flores. It really needs the club to pull together now.

Stoke City is a team in trouble.

Ireland - starting his first Premier League match since April 2015 - had a super chance to score in the 21st minute, but the midfielder clipped wide.

Stoke entered the break 2-0 behind, and it did not get much easier in the second period as United continued to press forward.

Another slick performance from the France global, who teed up the first two goals and produced many other eye-catching passes.

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