Andy Cole and Rio Ferdinand react on Twitter to Manchester United's win v Stoke

Manchester United eased to a win over Stoke City.

Manchester United's form has seen them come in for plenty of criticism from fans and the media in recent weeks, and even ex players have been chipping in.

Last night's match against Stoke City was one where they could hardly be called out, and instead former United stars were expressing their delight at the club's performance.

The Red Devils bucked a trend of struggling to score in the first half of games at Old Trafford, with Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial both netting first half goals.

Martial's strike particularly had ex-United captain Rio Ferdinand impressed, who commented via Twitter.

Wayne Rooney's goal early on in the second half provided more satisfaction for the Red Devils, and ex-striker Andy Cole was delighted to see the England international skipper continue to confound his critics.

The performance and result was a far cry from United's loss to Stoke City on Boxing Day, and will have given manager Louis van Gaal plenty of reasons to be positive.

After the disastrous home loss to Southampton, the Red Devils have produced impressive displays back to back displays. It's almost as if there was not a crisis at all.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch