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Starting XI: 4-2-3-1 against Stoke City with Mkhitaryan, Rashford and Lukaku leading the attack?

Manchester United embark to Stoke City for Saturday’s evening encounter in the Premier League. Three matches into the new season with three wins under the belt, Jose Mourinho’s side are yet to concede their first goal. Stoke have not had a great start, losing, winning and drawing their opening three matches, looking to send United packing unable to take three points from the bet365 Stadium, which has been the case in the last few visits. Mourinho’s side are much better than last season, at least they have been in the opening three matches, but like last season, the international break could have changed everything with United needing to do better than their three-match losing streak in the three games after the break last season. Granted, United will not be playing Manchester City like they did a year ago, but Stoke does pose some threat for United.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Darmian;

Herrera, Matic;

Mkhitaryan, Pogba, Rashford;

Lukaku

Substitutes:

Romero; Smalling, Blind; Mata, Lingard, Carrick; Martial

Manchester United and Stoke City have met 106 times in the history of both clubs, the first match going back to the 7th January 1893 with a 7-1 humiliation on the cards for Newton Heath. United have won 43 matches, drawing 35 and losing just 28. United were last beaten by Stoke on Boxing Day in 2015, a 2-0 defeat away from home. United are winless in their last four trips to Stoke, last winning on the 18th December 2013, a 2-0 victory in the League Cup with both Ashley Young and Patrice Evra scoring the goals. In the last seven meetings between the two sides, all played in the Premier League, United have won just twice, also losing twice and drawing three times. Stoke seem to be the bane of Manchester United at this moment in time, something which needs to change with Jose Mourinho’s side prospering and leaving Stoke-on-Trent with another three points in the bag. United have a 13 match unbeaten run against Stoke which stretches from the 6th October 1993, ending on the 18th December 2013, a feat of over a decade of matches with United winning twelve times, drawing just once.

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