The Red Devils gets ready for another uncongenial reception at Old Trafford as Manchester United welcome Stoke City on Tuesday, with Louis Van Gaal acknowledging there will be no excuse for his players if they fail to perform.
The potters have suffered 2 cup exit in the space of 4 days and they are looking forward to bounce back and keep their focus on their Premier League positions.
Meanwhile Van Gaal’s relationship with press keep deteriorating, while many believe that it is time for the change as Manchester United could be heading to their worst finish in the Premiership era.
Manchester United vs Stoke City : Team Form Comparison
Manchester United seem to have regained there dwindling form as they swept aside Derby in the fourth round FA cup over the weekend.
Its not been the best of weeks for stoke having been eliminated in 2 domestic cups in the space of 4 days but they just need to make sure it doesn’t affect their form.
Manchester United have lost twice at home since September and have also won two times at home in the same period of time.
Manchester United: Team News
United hope to have Bastian Schweinsteiger back from knee trouble but Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw are still on the road to recovery.
Michael Carrick hopes he’s fit enough to start in midfield having after he came from the bench against Derby.
We expect Van Gaal to revert back to the 4-2-3-1 formation after deploying a 3-5-2 formation backfired against Southampton. This also means that the Dutchman have no choice to use the youngsters Borthwick-Jackson and Varela on the two wing back positions.
Manchester United: Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1)
De Gea – Borthwick, Blind, Smalling, Varela – Fellaini, Schneiderlin – Lingaard, Mata, Martial – Rooney
Stoke City: Team News
Marc wilson could be out for weeks due to knee injury suffered in their last game. Ryan Shawcross and Charlie Adam is out due to back and calf injury respectively.
There are doubts on Marko Arnautovic fitness while Geoff Cameron is also out.
Stoke City: Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1)
Butland – Pieters, Wollscheid, Wilson, Johnson – Whelan, Affelay – Walters, Shaqiri, Diouf – Joselu
Manchester United vs Stoke City : Head to Head
The Red Devils haven’t lost in their last 7 home games against stoke in all competition, they have also scored at least 2 goals in their last 7 home games against stoke in all competitions
More than two goals have been scored in each of Stoke City’s last 3 games in the Premier League. At the same time, Mark Huges hopes to end an eight-game losing streak at Old Trafford.
Manchester United vs Stoke City : Prediction
United looked the favourites both on recent form and statistics but football is a game of two halves involving equal number of players to each side.
With United coming back from a huge victory, It won’t be easy for a team of Stoke City calibre to come to Old Trafford and grab a point in front of United Fans.
I say Manchester United 2-1 Stoke City.