Wayne Rooney became Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer with a sensational stoppage-time free-kick that rescued a point at Stoke.
Stoke had taken the lead in the first half through Juan Mata’s unfortunate own goal after Erik Pieters’ cross from the left byline deflected off his foot, before Mata missed a fine opportunity from six yards at the other end while Paul Pogba also came close, but an organised defensive performance from Stoke kept them at arm’s length for much of the contest.
United relentlessly pressed in the second half, hitting the bar through Jesse Lingard and going close on several other occasions.
The Red Devils rescued a late draw against Liverpool at Old Trafford last Sunday but they looked insipid in attack before Rooney, on as a substitute, curled in from 20 yards out moments before the final whistle.
The results leaves Manchester United three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and 11 off leaders Chelsea, who both play on Sunday.