MATCH PREVIEW: Manchester United vs Stoke City

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Match Date: Sunday, 2, October, 2016.

Time: 12pm

Venue: Old Trafford

Referee: Bobby Madley

 

Manchester United host Stoke City on Sunday in their last game before the international break.

United look to have averted the mini-crisis that engulfed the club weeks back, as the Red Devils looked like world beaters when they walloped defending champions Leicester pretty bad last weekend, and they followed up the win with a slim 1-0 win over Zorya Luhansk in the Europa league on Thursday.

The Red Devils enter the game with history favouring them, since Stoke got promotion to the Premier League in 2008, Manchester United have won every game at Old Trafford against their opponent, scoring 25 goals in the process.

For Stoke City, the injury to last year Player-of-the-Year, goalkeeper Jack Butland and an unsettled back four has allowed uncertainty to creep into the mindset of their rearguard.

The Potters currently lie in a lowly 19th place, with their only points coming from 1-1 draws against West Brom and Middlesbrough.

 

TEAM NEWS

Forward Jon Walters could return after an ankle injury, but goalkeeper Jack Butland remains sidelined.

After resting a number of players against Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League Jose Mourinho is expected to re-introduce Ander Herrera to the starting xi, while Daley Blind is expected at left-back following his two assists against Leicester last week.

Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are edging closer to a return, Wayne Rooney is pushing for a starting spot, but Phil Jones remains sidelined

 

STAR TO WATCH

Marcus Rashford is expected to start this match, as he has easily adapted to a role on the wings where he’s doing pretty well for himself.

His speed, composure and ability to run behind defenders should be too much for a shaky Stoke defence to cope with.

KEY STATS

Stoke City last point away at Manchester United came in December 1980 when Paul Randall and Lee Chapman scored in a 2-2 draw

Goalkeeper Shay Given was just a day old when the Potters last won at Old Trafford 1-0 in 1976

Stoke City beat Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side twice last season, once in the Premier League and in the Capital One Cup

Marko Anautovic is poised for his 100th Premier League appearance for Stoke.

Wayne Rooney has scored four and assisted another two in his last three Premier League appearances against Stoke at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have scored atleast two goals in each of their last eight home games against Stoke.

Manchester United predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Blind; Pogba, Herrera; Mata, Lingard, Rashford; Ibrahimovich

Stoke predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Given; Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters, Whelan, Cameron; Allen, Arnautovic, Shaqiri; Bony

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