Allen’s Alien Strike Denies Manchester United vital win as they drew Stoke City 1-1

Joe Allen celebrating after his last gasping strike to seal a vital draw at Old Trafford 

A rare error from Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea allowed Stoke City to snatch a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.

Wales international midfielder Joe Allen, who was earlier on the receiving end of a dreadful high tackle from Ander Herrera, was the beneficiary from De Gea’s blunder eight minutes from time.

Stoke edge up to second bottom ahead of Sunderland with their share of the spoils, for which they are largely indebted to their own keeper Lee Grant.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jesse Lingard were improbably denied by Grant during a first half when United played with far greater fluency than in Thursday’s laboured 1-0 Europa League win over Zorya. Captain Wayne Rooney was a second-half substitute once more.

France international Paul Pogba was guilty of missed chances in a game where Jose Mourinho’s side were regularly in the ascendancy and he was unable to add to compatriot Anthony Martial’s 67th minute opener in the final minute when he thudded a Marcus Rashford cross against the bar.

The draw means, United will now sit 6th with Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal leading the race… 
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