Manchester United travel to Stoke on Wednesday night desperately seeking some continuity amid their erratic start to the season, with the Reds arriving at the Britannia on the back of a convincing 3-0 win at Villa.
David Moyes was pleased with Danny Welbeck’s performance on Sunday – when the England striker was afforded a rare appearances up-front rather than wide on the left and repaid his manager’s faith by netting twice in the opening 18 minutes – and Welbeck could be involved again, with Javier Hernandez likely to partner him up-front.
The Mexican scored against Liverpool and Norwich in previous rounds and is expected to start as Moyes is likely to rest Wayne Rooney, while Marouane Fellaini and Chris Smalling have an outside chance to play after missing Sunday’s game.
Nani and Ashley Young could replace Adnan Januzaj and Antonio Valencia as United look to extend their unbeaten record against Stoke, having last lost to the Potters in 1993 in the competition.
Stoke City come into this big fixture on the back of a three-game unbeaten streak, including a 3-2 win at home to Chelsea. The Britannia Stadium has often been regarded as a ‘fortress’, and their recent home form in the league would suggest this. The Potters have not lost at home since their defeat to Norwich City at the end of September.
Stoke City v Manchester United Pre-Match Stats
Stoke City have reached the quarter-finals five times in their history, last progressing from this stage against Bristol Rovers in November 1971.
Manchester United have lost their last two quarter-final ties against Crystal Palace and West Ham United respectively.
In the Premier League, Manchester United are the only side Stoke City have faced more than three times and never beaten (P11 D1 L10).
The Potters have also conceded more goals against the Red Devils than against any other Premier League side.
Robin van Persie has scored in all three meetings with Stoke City as a Manchester United player.
Stoke’s last victory over Manchester United in any competition came in a home League Cup tie back in 1993 (won 2-1, but lost the tie 3-2 on aggregate).
Javier Hernandez has scored four goals in his last three League Cup games.
The Red Devils have scored three or more goals in four of their last five League Cup away games.
Stoke have won just one of their last seven League Cup games against fellow top-flight sides (D2 L4).
Kenwyne Jones has scored eight goals in his last seven League Cup matches for Stoke City.