Having lost five in their last six games, Stoke City now face the Premier League Champions looking to at least make it into the Champions League. Mark Hughes will be looking to Crouch, who has a knack of scoring against United and at least take a point from this fixture.
Manchester United (4-4-1-1): De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Fletcher, Jones, Mata, Rooney, Van Persie
Rejuvenated by the signing of Juan Mata, the Red Devils will look to take the game to Stoke who’ve conceded 16 goals in their last six games and finally field Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney at the same time after alternating injuries.
3 Points gained on Everton & Tottenham, 2 Points gained on Chelsea & Arsenal. Great week for Manchester United. Bring on Stoke.
— Oliver Stockton (@OllieDS) January 29, 2014
Hopefully mata will prove to be a vital point to manchester united’s revival. He is influential and can create something out of nothing 🙂
— Kelvin! (@kelvinlim98) January 30, 2014
@ManUtd We need to start February on a good note please and let’s avoid injuries against a robust Stoke side.
— Deji Adefila (@dejiadefila) January 30, 2014
Chicarito’s winning goal against Stoke from the Stretford end earlier this season!
Already notching a goal after an injury layoff, Robin Van Persie will lead the line and look to get his season back on track after two successive golden boot seasons. He will be also aided by the creativity of Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata, so expect the Flying Dutchman on the scoresheet.
Defeat against Liverpool last time out ended a run of seven home games without defeat in the Barclays Premier League for the Potters (W3 D4).
Robin van Persie has scored nine goals in eight Barclays Premier League matches against Stoke City.
Defeat to Chelsea ended a run of seven games on the road without defeat for Manchester United in the league (W5 D2).
Javier Hernandez has scored five goals in seven Premier League games against Stoke.
Manchester United have won 10 and lost none of the 11 Premier League meetings with the Potters.
Since August 2011, only David Silva (30) has more assists in the Premier League than Juan Mata (28).
Robin van Persie has scored a goal in five of his last six Premier League appearances (five goals in total).
Manchester United have earned 20 points away from home this season, only Arsenal (26) and Tottenham (25) have more.
Stoke are looking to avoid losing four Premier League games in a row for the first time since February 2012.
Wayne Rooney needs one goal to become only the second player in Premier League history (after Frank Lampard) to score 10+ goals in 10 successive seasons.