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Man Utd vs Stoke: Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

Manchester United face Stoke City at Old Trafford looking to keep the pressure on league leaders City. Here’s team news, likely line-ups and predicted score.

Old Trafford

So after a tough weekend away at Anfield,  Fergie’s men are now preparing for the battle ahead as they host Stoke City at Old Trafford.

Notice i said “battle” because that’s exactly what Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes he and his side have awaiting them tonight. Stoke are the kind of team to go out on to the pitch and give it their best each and every game, and Fergie insists that Tony Pulis’ teams are always the same with 100% commitment.

With United losing to Liverpool in the F.A cup 4th round on Saturday, Pulis reckons his side are going to be met with a backlash from the United squad, who will be doing all they can to keep the pressure on rivals and league leaders Man City.

“They may have injury problems, but they’ve got incredible strength in depth. That’s why they’re the current champions and I am sure that whatever side Sir Alex sends out, it will still be one full of outstanding quality”  Tony Pulis told the clubs official website.

Team News

Manchester United will leave it late to decide on the fitness of Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney, but both may just miss out this time. Phil Jones, Ashley Young and Nani are also sidelined, while Sir Alex Ferguson will be without long-term injury concerns Nemanja Vidic, Darren Fletcher, Tom Cleverley, and Michael Owen.

Tony Pulis has virtually a fully fit squad to choose from, the only slight concern is winger Matt Etherington who has a groin complaint but should be fit.

Likely Line-ups

football formations

Predicted Score

Looking at both teams current form and the injuries Fergie has to deal with, it’s going to be a tough game for United. But i can’t really see beyond a narrow home win.  1-0 to United.

Thanks to Man Utd fan Daniel Heath for submitting this blog post



  1. Pat

    January 31, 2012 at 10:54 am

    It’s really gonna be a tough game, bt i predict utd will have a narrow home victory 1 0. I’m utd can nt afford to trail the leaders by 6points.

    • ilovewilly

      January 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

      sorry pat lad

  2. James Thomas

    January 31, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Im a city fan at heart but I do believe man united rely on scholes wayy too much, i think the likes of jonny evans should be moved to a more advanced role on the pitch as his passing ability is out of this world. His eye for goal is next to nothing and his accuracy in his shots and passing is next level.

  3. luke

    January 31, 2012 at 11:39 am

    united will win 12- 0

  4. luke

    January 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

    george is a spud hahahaha

  5. Barbara

    January 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

    the game will be abandoned due to high winds

  6. tim

    January 31, 2012 at 11:44 am

    the linesman will get taken out

  7. ilovewilly

    January 31, 2012 at 11:45 am

    it will get called of due to giggs having sex with a onelegged prostitute

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