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Hello, and welcome to today’s liveblog.

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Kick of is at 5.30pm.

We’re under way…

4Mins

Zouma has to make a last-ditch tackle to prevent Lukaku running through on goal.

Moments earlier, Choupo-Moting beat the visitors’ offside trap and got a glimpse at goal before being crowded out.

As I type, Jese fires a shot across goal.

It’s been a very lively opening.

8Mins

It’s calmed down a bit after that frenetic opening.

Stoke are sitting back and allowing United to dominate possession.

16Mins

It’s been a pretty uneventful last few minutes.

Both sides are currently cancelling each other out.

19Mins

Choupo-Moting spots the goalkeeper off his line.

The attacker can’t find the target with his audacious effort, however.

21Mins

Valencia finds Herrera, whose cross is badly overhit.

United have been disappointing in the final third so far.

26Mins

Decent chance for United as Rashford makes an intelligent run in behind the defence.

The young striker forces a good save from Butland.

27Mins

The ball falls to Shaqiri on the edge of the box.

His shot forces a good save from De Gea.

28Mins

Shaqiri tests De Gea with another strike from distance.

The Swiss international is looking lively early on.

31Mins

United have had the greater possession in this game, but Stoke have looked a bit more threatening.

As I type though, Zouma has to turn Valencia’s dangerous cross out for a corner.

35Mins

Pogba is sporting his distinctive streak of red hair today.

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39Mins

Valencia is causing plenty of problems down the right at the moment.

He’s been United’s best attacking outlet so far.

41Mins

Stoke aren’t holding onto the ball well enough at the moment.

United, without creating many clear-cut opportunities, are growing increasingly dominant in this game.

43Mins

Mkhitaryan plays it through towards Rashford.

Zouma, however, matches the youngster for pace, and clears his lines.

47Mins

It’s been a crazy few minutes.

A corner is flicked on by Matic, and Pogba’s header deflects off Rashford and goes in.

Moments earlier, Choupo-Moting had turned in Diouf’s cross.

45Mins

So it’s been a fairly closely fought first half.

United have dominated possession and territory, but have struggled to open up the hosts for the most part.

Stoke have defended well, but with so little of the ball, will likely tire as the game develops.

45Mins

Cameron is replaced by Martins Indi.

The US international pulled up injured in the first half, so it appears to be an enforced change due to injury.

45Mins

Martins Indi cuts out a dangerous Mkhitaryan cross. The defender has made an important intervention already.

As I type, Pogba’s tame effort is comfortably saved by Butland.

50Mins

Stoke have started the second half well.

Choupo-Moting runs menacingly towards the United defence, but an attempted one-two with Jese is cut out.

53Mins

United have had 66% possession so far.

Stoke, however, have looked the more likely of the two sides to score in recent minutes.

45Mins

Stoke break promisingly with good work by Joe Allen.

Darmian recovers well though, and Shaqiri ends up overhitting his cross.

59Mins

Joe Allen concedes possession far too easily and United break.

Darmian passes to Mkhitaryan, who plays a deft through ball to Lukaku, who slots it home at the second attempt, after a decent initial save by Butland.

65Mins

Choupo-Moting heads home from a corner after Jones fails to properly mark his man.

This is turning into a great game!

66Mins

Pogba’s snapshot is pushed behind for a corner by Butland.

Still, there’s no let up in the pace of this game.

68Mins

Valencia goes on a surging run before firing a shot from well outside the area just wide.

The right-back has looked very sharp today.

70Mins

Choupo-Moting beats his man before dragging a shot wide.

He’s looking very confident at the moment.

73Mins

United make a double change.

Mata and Martial replace Rashford and Herrera.

73Mins

Less than 20 minutes remain.

United are aiming to retain their 100% winning record.

76Mins

Stoke make a change.

Berahino is on for Jese.

79Mins

Shaqiri threatens to score directly from a corner.

His effort hits the side-netting ultimately.

82Mins

Big chance!

Martial picks out Lukaku with a brilliant cross, but the Belgian international hits it well over on the half volley.

84Mins

Allen heads Lukaku’s cross behind as the visitors break.

Meanwhile, Mkhitaryan has been replaced by Lingard for United’s final change.

90Mins

Choupo-Moting gets a deserved man-of-the-match award.

On top of his goals, the attacker’s general play has been excellent.

90Mins

There will be three minutes of stoppage time…

91Mins

Jones heads on a corner, but Butland makes an excellent save.

Looks like United will have to settle for a point.

90Mins

Right, that’s all from me.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

You can read our report of the game here and we’ll have more reaction to follow.

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