Man Utd vs Stoke Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score

By on October 25, 2013

Old Trafford

Manchester United play host to Stoke City at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon looking to climb their way up the Premier League table.

The defending champions head into the weekend action sitting eighth and a full eight points off leaders Arsenal, so know victory on Saturday is vital if they are to maintain any hope of keeping their title.

David Moyes men were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton last weekend but bounced back with a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in the Champions League on Wednesday night, so will be looking to keep up the momentum tomorrow.

However, Stoke boss and former United striker Mark Hughes believes his side will play the Red Devils at a good time and will be looking to pull off a shock result.

In order to do so Stoke will have to start finding the back of the net with the Potters failing to record a goal in their last three outings, while they have lost their previous five games against United.

Team News

Moyes has suggested that striker Robin van Persie will return after missing the midweek win over Sociedad due to niggling toe and groin injuries, and the Dutchman is set to take his place alongside Wayne Rooney in attack.

Midfielders Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj are also expected to be recalled while captain Nemanja Vidic could make a return at the heart of defence after recovering from injury.

Antonio Valencia, Nani and Ashley Young are all vying for starts and Shinji Kagawa will be hoping to retain his place after a decent outing in midweek.

However, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley are certain to miss out after failing to overcome knocks.

Stoke are likely to be without key defender Ryan Shawcross with the centre-back missing training all week through illness.

Geoff Cameron is also a major doubt having picked up a calf injury during last weeks draw with West Brom, while Kenwyne Jones is pushing for a recall up front.

Likely Line-Ups

Key Man

Wayne Rooney: The England ace is edging his way back to something like his best form and we can see him playing a key role in this game.

Predicted Score

Man Utd 2-0 Stoke: United have an excellent record against the Potters and with Hughes’ men struggling in front of goal, we predict a relatively comfortable win for the champions.

What would be your starting line-up for the game and what’s your score prediction? Share your thoughts below.

Best of the web

15 Comments

  1. Emily

    October 25, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Perfect , fellani out kagawa in pls moyes….nt ths tym….

  2. Joseph

    October 25, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Utd3-0stock

  3. Emily

    October 25, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Why nt 4 , 2 nt acceptable

  4. Terungwa Thomas

    October 25, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    UP UTD

  5. silas

    October 25, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    man utd ll loose if moyes try to line up like tht. whr is kagawa.?

  6. donatus daniel

    October 25, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    playing Fellaini is totaly wrong formation,why can’t him play the champions squad.you are looking for winning team and you have got,you want to ommit your play maker (Kagawa) why?

  7. Chris ubah

    October 25, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Moyes, we don’t want nosense line up, so take note on dat. Man utd 4-0 Stoke city

  8. E.n. united

    October 25, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Mr moyes united is not a childs club have it in maind. Dnt play dat ur fellani or who èver he is put kagawa 4 us their be a good result

  9. kc

    October 25, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Mr Moyes for God sake we don’t need that your fellani. I only blame sir Alex for given you that chance.

  10. kc

    October 25, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Moyes, you and your unqualified back room staff should go back to Everton please I beg you

  11. Pp

    October 25, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Pls use diz moyes raf,jones,evans,evra,val,carrick,fellaini,kagawa,rooney,Rvp

  12. Shamat ficnovic

    October 26, 2013 at 3:12 am

    U shldnt blame moyes abt any thing and also the beligian (felleine) is nt bad just that he needs aright position n to catch up with teams playing style. UNITED 2-1 STOKE

  13. Carrick

    October 26, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Moyes i will blame u if Kagawa start off

    united 4 vs 1 stoke

  14. mohammed

    October 26, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I dnt knw moyes problem, he is planning to bring fellani back to d startin IV to lv kagawa, a gd coach will neva take dt stupid decision coz every united fans sees hw kagawa display lst match

  15. Ojomu Joseph

    October 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    kagawa & nani should start d match

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *