Date: 23rd January 2017 at 1:45pm
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On one hand Stoke’s point against – an in form – Manchester United side was a good one but with the United equaliser coming in the 93rd minute it was also disappointing for Glenn Whelan.

Erik Pieters’ deflected cross off Juan Mata for an own goal looked as though it would prove to be enough to see Stoke beat Man United at the bet365 Stadium until Wayne Rooney’s fine freekick – as he became the all time leading United goalscorer – meant we had to be content with a 1-1 draw.

Whelan admitted Stoke probably went a little to deep as the game wore on with him obviously disappointed by the added time equaliser. He told the Official Website.

‘Being 1-0 up at half-time and having something to hang on to was positive but then I think we got a little too deep. After keeping them out for 93 minutes it’s disappointing. We were so close to getting the win and it would have been a great win for us.’

However, all things considered the Republic of Ireland international conceded a point wasn’t a bad return at all and has given us something to build on.

‘However to get a result like that against Manchester United especially with their quality of players and the players they brought off the bench shows we competed really well. That is why people come to watch football. Fair play to Manchester United, they kept going right till the end but we are taking it like a defeat with it being so late on in the game but it is something to build on.’

Whelan added the backing from the fans – who would have also had mixed emotions at full time – was again brilliant as it always has been during his long spell with Stoke.

‘We could hear the crowd late on and we really needed it because we were holding on a little bit. I have said since I come here that players have their ups and downs but the fans always come out in their numbers. I’m sure they are a little bit disappointed but in context a draw against Manchester United isn’t too bad.’

Ahead of the weekend game Stoke of course completed the signing of Saido Berahino from West Brom with 33 year old Whelan delighted at another quality addition to the squad, which he feels will motivate all players to continue to work hard to keep a place in the team.

He finished by backing the striker to settle quickly and make his mark.

‘The more players the Club can sign the more it will push us on to improve and stay in the team. Deals being done can only be a good thing, the manager has his ideas of pushing the Club forward. We have a good group of lads and hopefully Saido can come in and settle pretty quickly.’

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