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Stoke isn't what we thought

Updated: September 26, 2011, 4:26 PM ET
By David Hirshey | Special to ESPN.com

It took Andy Gray's famously xenophobic line last year to finally give voice to what everyone knew but lacked the Barton-esque audacity to publicly express: Britannia Stadium isn't a place for teams (like those tika-taka maestros from Barcelona) that don't care for the sound of cleats raking against bone.

Saturday it was Manchester United's turn to experience the shin music, an uncompromising melody that squarely knocked off Liverpool two weekends ago and had caused Chelsea ...

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