Lukaku matches Van Persie and Ibrahimovic with Man Utd goalscoring feat

Lukaku matches Van Persie and Ibrahimovic with Man Utd goalscoring feat”

United had appeared on course to snatch victory in an entertaining match but were denied when home striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting headed home his second of the game soon after the hour to ensure that honours ended even.

Lukaku's strike against Stoke was his fourth goal in his first four Premier League matches for United, with no player having scored more in the same period. We know that with the teams in the league is a difficult match and every point is a point you have to fight hard for so I'm exactly the same mentality and mood that I had after three matches and nine points, 10-0 in goals. Should the Red Devils defend the way they did against Stoke, they may be in for more than they're asking for. The Ivorian was too slow to play the offside trap in the build-up to the move, and too slow to get goal-side to cut off Choupo-Moting.

After a quiet spell in the half, Stoke took the lead as Mame Biram Diouf whipped the ball into the box, where Choupo-Moting was on hand to slot home.

Goals from Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku were sandwiched by a Eric Choupo-Moting brace, and both sides had to settle for a share of the points.

Choupo-Moting was by far the most unsafe threat for the hosts, bagging a brace against a strong defence like United's.

However, it took United only three minutes to level the scores, with Paul Pogba's header from a corner diverting in off Marcus Rashford. All square at the break.

Lukaku celebrates yet another goal. Next, Choupo-Moting claimed another corner down the same flank. An average of 4.7 shots per game - second only to Harry Kane (8) - this season suggests real confidence in his pursuit of goal.

As both sides pushed for a victor, Lukaku wasted an excellent chance in the 81st minute when he fired over from Antonio Valencia's cross after losing his marker eight yards out.

A great last-ditch save from Jack Butland in added time saved the blushes of team-mate Kurt Zouma as Stoke held on for a point.

United remain at the top of the Premier League despite dropping their first points of the season, with Mourinho clearly not in the mood for jovial TV interviews after a frustrating result in a game his side had dominated for long periods.

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