Manchester United face Stoke City in the Premier League at the Britannia Stadium this afternoon. Still on a 16 match unbeaten run in all competitions, United saw their nine-match 100% record ended by Liverpool with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last Sunday. United need to get back to winning ways to keep the pressure on those above them. United need all three points from this fixture, especially with Manchester City taking on Tottenham Hotspur later on Saturday evening, which with a victory against Mark Hughes’ Stoke, could see United rise to fifth at the expense of their cross-city rivals – which would be a great start to achieving a place in the top four this season. United have no injuries to contend with for this match, but have seen two players leave the club in the past week; Morgan Schneiderlin to Everton and Memphis Depay to Olympique Lyon.
Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Blind;
Mata, Pogba, Mkhitaryan;
Romero; Darmian; Lingard, Carrick, Schweinsteiger; Rooney, Rashford
Johnson, Shawcross, Martin Indi, Pieters;
Shaqiri, Allen, Arnautovic;
Given; Bardsley, Muniesa; Afellay, Imbula; Bojan, Ngoy
United and Stoke have a history in the Premier League and United have not won at the Britannia Stadium since the 14th April 2013 when Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie scored in a 2-0 victory. The following season, United lost 2-1, drawing 1-1 the following season. Last season, United lost 2-0 so there is a big point to prove today with United needing all three points from the fixture, but the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford earlier in the season may be fresh in United’s mind, and the way in which three points were turned into one with a lake Joe Allen strike on goal. Come on UNITED!