Wayne Rooney scored Manchester United’s third in their 3-0 win over Stoke City. Photograph: Reuters

Wouldn’t you just know it? You wait 11 games for a first-half goal at Old Trafford and then two come along at once. Either Stoke have hit an unusually(...)

Hull’s Tom Huddlestone challenges Richie Towell of Brighton & Hove Albion during the FA Cup third-round match at KC Stadium. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

FA Cup round-up: Darren Pratley scored an 87th-minute equaliser as Championship strugglers Bolton avoided a humiliating loss at non-League Eastleigh. (...)

Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe celebrates his goal in the Capital One Cup semi-final first  leg against Stoke City at the Britannian Stadium. Photograph:  Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Stoke 0 Liverpool 1 Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be paid to Liverpool is that in the closing stages Stoke City had abandoned their new so(...)

 Leicester fans have created a wonderful atmosphere at the King Power Stadium this season. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

We could dwell on the disappointing and the under-achieving. We could follow – head down and bored – Manchester United’s ramble to the fringes of ente(...)

Phil Bardsley celebrates with team mates after scoring the second goal for Stoke. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Stoke City 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0 Sheffield Wednesday won the shouting match, Stoke City won through to the Capital One Cup semi-finals. While the(...)

Jon Walters (left) celebrates scoring his second goal with Richard Keogh  during the Euro 2016 play-off second leg between the Republic of Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Stoke boss Mark Hughes expects Republic of Ireland hero Jon Walters to fire up his team as he comes bouncing back into club action. Walters has rejoin(...)

David Meyler scores for Hull City in their Capital One Cup tie against  Swansea City at KC Stadium. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Capital One Cup review: Manchester City heaped more misery on Dick Advocaat’s Sunderland as they eased to a 4-1 win at the Stadium of Light. Manuel Pe(...)

Petr Cech could leave Chelsea in search of regular football, with Arsenal potential suitors. Photograph: Reuters

Arsenal The three most obvious positions where Arsenal require an upgrade are goalkeeper, centre-forward and defensive midfielder. In goal Wojc(...)

Liverpool were beaten 6-1 by Stoke City in Steven Gerrard’s final appearance. Photograph: PA

Stoke City 6 Liverpool 1 Liverpool’s season-ending meltdown was completed at the Britannia Stadium where Stoke won 6-1 to inflict the Reds’ hea(...)

Joshua King celebrates scoring his third and Blackburn’s fourth during their 4-1 FA Cup fifth round rout of Stoke City. (Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)

Blackburn Rovers 4 Stoke City 1Ten-man Stoke suffered FA Cup embarrassment at Ewood Park as they were torn apart 4-1 by a second-string Blackburn side(...)