Manchester: Manchester United produced one of their best performances under beleaguered boss Louis van Gaal as they lifted the gloom around Old Trafford with a 3-0 win over Stoke on Tuesday.
Louis Van Gaal
Van Gaal's side equalled their biggest Premier League win of the season thanks to goals from Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney.
And the timing couldn't have been better as United delivered a strong performance 24 hours after the high-profile appointment of Pep Guardiola as manager of their bitter rivals Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero's 12th goal in 10 Premier League games gave Manchester City a narrow 1-0 victory at Sunderland in their first game since Pep Guardiola's arrival as manager was announced.
The visitors went ahead 16 minutes into the game with a classy bit of finishing from Aguero and at that stage the travelling fans might have expected their side to cruise to a similar scoreline to the 4-1 win recorded when the two sides met earlier this season.