Stoke City's Paul Lambert appointment proves Mark Hughes' final words right

Lynette Rowe
January 16, 2018

Jose Mourinho's Manchester United will host a struggling and manager-less Stoke City side at Old Trafford with 3 league points on the line.

"They are first so we always want to catch them, so it was good that they lost, so for us we have to think about ourselves".

Coates said it was essential the new manager had Premier League experience - and Lambert fitted the bill.

"Not really defensively, it was when we have the ball, which areas we want to go to".

"We just want to catch City". "We built a squad with this idea, this philosophy that I share with [executive vice-chairman] Mr Woodward and the owners, that normally investment is made in the summer". United are reported to have put a new contract on the table in front of 27-year-old David De Gea which will make him one of the highest paid stars at Old Trafford on a salary rivalling that of Paul Pogba's.

This series of results led to the sacking of manager Mark Hughes from the Stoke hot seat as Hughes joins the growing list of sacked Coaches in the Premier League this season just like that of Swansea City's Paul Clement some weeks ago.

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Paul Lambert won the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund as a player, never forget. Compatriot Martial also impressed.

Stoke City sacked Hughes early in the year after a poor run of form.

Lukaku piled on the misery in the 72nd minute with some physical play in the area, controlling Martial's pass on his chest, holding off a defender and turning to score from 15 yards.

Stoke: Jack Butland 6, Moritz Bauer 6, Kurt Zouma 6, Bruno Martins Indi 6, Josh Tymon 5, Darren Fletcher 6, Joe Allen 6, Xherdan Shaqiri 6, Stephen Ireland 6, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 5, Peter Crouch 5.

In the 59th minute, Martial nearly got on the score sheet again after another brilliant pass from Pogba this time Butland gathered well.

A 51st nearly arrived when Pogba's cross was flicked on to the post by Mata and Lambert, watching from the directors' box, did not even see a consolation goal as De Gea thwarted substitute Mame Diouf.

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