Rooney stand-in Hernandez hits two as United win at Stoke

London: After a week when Wayne Rooney hogged the headlines, his stand-in Javier Hernandez scored twice to secure Manchester United`s first away win in the Premier League this season when they triumphed 2-1 at Stoke City on Sunday.

Rooney, whose stated desire to leave Old Trafford was followed by an immediate u-turn and a five-year contract, missed the game with an ankle injury but for the second week running his replacement, Hernandez, opened the scoring.

Tuncay Sanli cancelled out Hernadez`s opener in the 81st minute only for the Mexican to snatch the winner four minutes from time.

It took United`s points tally to 17, level with second-placed Manchester City, who host Arsenal later on Sunday, and five behind leaders Chelsea who beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 on Saturday.

Bureau Report