Preview: Stoke City v Manchester United – Barclays Premier League

Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent

Barclays Premier League

Thursday 1st January 2015, KO 12:45 GMT – Live on Sky Sports 1HD

Referee: Michael Oliver; Assistants: M McDonough and L Betts; Fourth Official: M Atkinson

Manchester United travel to the Britannia Stadium on New Years Day where they will face Stoke City in the Barclays Premier League. The two sides last met at Old Trafford nearly a month ago with United winning the match 2-1 with goals scored by Marouane Fellaini in the 21st minute and Juan Mata in the 59th minute, with Steven N’Zonzi equalising six minutes before half time. United did well to ensure all three points were earned at Old Trafford with David De Gea putting in a performance to deny Stoke from scoring again. The Spaniard has been one of the players that has performed this season, and for the calendar year for that matter.

United are on a nine match unbeaten streak, winning seven and drawing twice. The Red Devils have been under pressure recently with injuries hampering their efforts, but with Luke Shaw, Rafael da Silva and Chris Smalling back in the squad after injury, and Adnan Januzaj and Ander Herrera back in training ahead of the visit to Stoke, there could be some decent options for manager Louis van Gaal, should he need them – which he probably will. United face another away trip on Sunday with a trip to Yeovil Town in the FA Cup, which should be a good encounter.

Louis van Gaal still has a few players on the sidelines with Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind both due back to action soon after spells on the sidelines, Angel Di Maria out through injury – something which the manager has not gone into much details about, Marouane Fellaini still recovering from an illness and Antonio Valencia the latest injured player having been replaced at half-time against Spurs on Sunday. Van Gaal should have enough in his starting eleven and on the bench to cause Stoke some problems.

Mark Hughes has a few players on the sidelines with Bojan Krkić, Steven Ireland and Phil Bardsley all subject to late fitness tests and Steve Sidwell, Victor Moses, Peter Odemwingie and Dionatan Teixeira all out through injury. Both teams have no players that are currently suspended for the fixture, although United could have lost Robin van Persie against Spurs, but he talked himself out of a booking.


Manchester United Statistics:

Based on Barclays Premier League 2014/15 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 19 matches, won 10, drawn 6, lost 3 and currently have 36 points

Scored 33 goals (1.74 goals per match) and conceded 19 goals (1.00 goals per match) – 0 penalties

Longest unbeaten streak is 9 matches

Clean sheet record 32%

Stoke City Statistics:

Based on Barclays Premier League 2014/15 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 19 matches, won 7, drawn 4, lost 8 and currently have 25 points

Scored 21 goals (1.11 goals per match) and conceded 23 goals (1.21 goals per match) – 2 penalties

Longest unbeaten streak is 2 matches

Clean sheet record 21%

Top Scorers (all competitions):

Manchester United: 8 – Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, 5 – Juan Mata, 3 – Angel Di Maria, 2 – Radamel Falcao, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera 1 – Daley Blind, Own Goal, Chris Smalling

Stoke City: 6 – Mame Biram Diouf, Jon Walters, 5 – Peter Crouch, 3 – Bojan Krkić, 2 – Charlie Adam, Marc Muniesa, Steven N’Zonzi, 1 – Victor Moses, Ryan Shawcross

Manchester United Form: – DWDWWW

Last six matches: Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 D, Newcastle United 3-1 W, Aston Villa 1-1 D, Liverpool 3-0 W, Southampton 2-1 W, Stoke City 2-1 W

Stoke City: – WWLDWL

Last six matches: West Bromwich Albion 2-0 W, Everton 1-0 W, Chelsea 2-0 L, Crystal Palace 1-1 D, Arsenal 3-2 W, Manchester United 2-1 L

Head to Head:

Played 6 matches at the Britannia Stadium in the Barclays Premier League:

Manchester United: Won 4, Drawn 1, Lost 1 – Scored 9 goals, conceded 4 goals and kept 3 clean sheets

Stoke City: Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 14 – Scored 4 goals, conceded 9 goals and kept 0 clean sheets

Manchester United Squad:

Manager: Louis van Gaal

Goalkeepers: 1. David De Gea, 13, Anders Lindegaard, 40. Ben Amos, 50. Sam Johnstone;

Defenders: 2. Rafael da Silva, 3. Luke Shaw, 4. Phil Jones, 5. Marcos Rojo, 6. Jonny Evans, 12. Chris Smalling, 33. Paddy McNair, 36. Marnick Vermijl, 39. Tom Thorpe, 42. Tyler Blackett;

Midfielders: 7. Ángel Di María, 8. Juan Mata, 11. Adnan Januzaj, 16. Michael Carrick, 17. Daley Blind, 18. Ashley Young, 21. Ander Herrera, 24. Darren Fletcher, 25. Antonio Valencia, 28. Anderson, 31. Marouane Fellaini, 35. Jesse Lingard, 46. Joe Rothwell;

Strikers: 9. Radamel Falcao, 10. Wayne Rooney, 20. Robin van Persie, 48. Will Keane, 49. James Wilson

Doubts/Injuries: 5. Marcos Rojo (thigh muscle strain), 7. Angel Di Maria (unknown), 11. Adnan Januzaj (illness), 17. Daley Blind (knee), 21. Ander Herrera (ankle/foot), 25. Antonio Valencia (groin/pelvis), 31. Marouane Fellaini (illness), 39. Tom Thorpe (ankle/foot) [injury details taken from]

Suspensions: None [suspensions confirmed by the]

Stoke City Squad:

Manager: Mark Hughes

Goalkeepers: 1. Asmir Begović, 22. Jack Butland, 29. Thomas Sørensen, 35. Daniel Bachmann;

Defenders: 2. Phil Bardsley, 3. Erik Pieters, 4. Robert Huth, 5. Marc Muniesa, 12. Marc Wilson, 17. Ryan Shawcross, 20. Geoff Cameron, 23. Dionatan Teixeira, 30. Ryan Shotton;

Midfielders: 6. Glenn Whelan, 7. Stephen Ireland, 8. Wilson Palacios, 14. Jamie Ness, 15. Steven N’Zonzi, 16. Charlie Adam, 21. Steve Sidwell, 24. Oussama Assaidi, 31. Charlie Ward, 34. Oliver Shenton;

Strikers: 9. Peter Odemwingie, 10. Marko Arnautović, 13. Victor Moses, 18. Mame Biram Diouf, 19. Jonathan Walters, 25. Peter Crouch, 27. Bojan Krkić

Doubts/Injuries: 2. Phil Bardsley (calf/shin), 7. Stephen Ireland (knee), 9. Peter Odemwingie (ACL knee injury), 13. Victor Moses (thigh muscle strain), 21. Steve Sidwell (knee), 23. Dionatan Teixeira (ankle/foot), 27. Bojan Krkić (hamstring) [injury details taken from]

Suspensions: None [suspensions confirmed by the]

Predicted Formation/Starting XI:

Score Prediction:

Stoke City 0-2 Manchester United


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