Manchester United did not win but their performance here was a significant upgrade on the 1-1 draw in January when Wayne Rooney's free-kick not only took him past Sir Bobby Charlton as United's record goalscorer but salvaged an improbable point for Jose Mourinho.
Stoke began the better.
From the resulting corner, though, Stoke did manage to equalise through Choupo-Moting.
The game calmed down after that hectic opening, with United failing to make the most of some promising set piece opportunities and Choupo-Moting trying his luck from nearly 40 yards but sending the ambitious effort off target. Questions will be asked of Jose Mourinho taking off Marcus Rashford, who had been unsafe throughout; Juan Mata and Anthony Martial came on with enough time to make a difference but it wasn't to be. The Armenian had been magnificent in the opening three games of the season, picking up a stunning total of five assists, all while playing as a number 10. One break put Lukaku in down the right and from his cross Paul Pogba backheeled the ball at Jack Butland.
45' - GOAL! Stoke 1-1 Manchester United (Rashford).
Owen, speaking on BT Sport yesterday, said: "I would be concerned slightly with Manchester United's defence".
FW Anthony Martial, 6 - Put in an excellent ball to Lukaku that should have set up a goal and showed brilliant skill on the left wing to leave Mame Diouf. United are the early pacesetters while Stoke have had a taste of everything in the league so, which is likely to see the visitors edge this one.
Against United, it was Choupo-Moting that shone brightest.
Cameroon global Choupo-Moting opened the scoring for the host before drawing his side back level after Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford had struck for the visitors. Matic flicks on a corner delivery and Pogba's header bounces off Rashford and into the back of the net. Subs: Martins Indi 6, Berahino 6.
As the first half wore on, United's confident attack began to find gaps and Rashford, a handful up front, twice tested Butland in quick succession.