Manchester United produced a rare attacking display on Tuesday night to defeat Stoke City 3-0 in a Premier League clash at Old Trafford.
Nigerian striker Osaze Odemwingie, who had aimed a dig at the fumbling Red Devils, was an unused substitute.
Goals from Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial saw the home team take a two-goal lead into the break, before Wayne Rooney added a third early in the second half to ease the pressure on Louis van Gaal.
The result has kept Man United in fifth spot – five points off the top four, while Stoke remain in ninth.
United had a half-chance inside three minutes when in-form Martial set up Juan Mata just outside the Stoke box, but the Spaniard’s effort was deflected over the crossbar, before Jack Butland got down to keep out a Rooney effort three minutes later.
The home side continued to impress in the early stages and once again came close through Mata, but it was Lingard that opened the scoring for the Red Devils in the 14th minute.
Martial made it 2-0 when he curled a sensational effort into the top corner in the 23rd minute after a smart pick-out from Rooney.
Rooney rounded off the scoring in the second half when he finished a breakaway of a Martial assist.
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