Louis Van Gaal and his Manchester United team will go into boxing day game with the hope of ending their six game run without a win in all competition. United have recently moved out of top after their last defeat at the hands of Bournemouth but Van Gaal believes they could go top of the table in the next four weeks.
On the other hand, Stoke City are just six points behind their boxing day visitors and 11th position in the table, they have kept six clean sheets in their last eight games, given that United are finding it the difficult to score at the moment, they are hoping to keep another clean sheet today and perhaps grab a win and pile more pressure on Louis Van Gaal.
Stoke City vs Manchester United : Head To Head
Stoke City have only defeated Manchester United once in their last 14 premier league fixtures, losing 11 times and drawn twice. Looking at their recent meetings, Manchester United have won 3 of their last five matches in all competitions losing once, as the two teams shared points in the remaining one.
Stoke City vs Manchester United : Form Guide
Stoke City : Team news
Geoff Cameron, Marc Muniesa and Shay Given will all miss the home game due to injury, and also Peter Crouch will also miss the game due to injury.
Stoke City has no fresh injury concerns, but the manager will have to decide whether to bring Jonathan Walters and Charlie Adam back into the starting XI after both came of the bench in their last game against Crystal Palace.
Manchester United : Team news
Schweinstinger is still serving his suspension, Matteo Darmian is expected to return against Chelsea on Monday but Jesse Lingard still remain on the sideline. Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo are still out.
Stoke City : Predicted Line-Up
They are expected to maintain same front three Bojan, Shaqiri and Arnautovic while Mame Biram Diouf is looking forward to play against his former club.
Manchester United : Predicted Line up
Morgan Schneiderlin will return to the midfield, while Wayne Rooney is expected to start again despite his scoring woes this season as he has scored in the last two boxing day fixtures.
Stoke City vs Manchester United : Prediction
Considering the form guide, it will be difficult for United to win this game, but with the pressures on LVG and coming off from the back of 3 straight defeats looking like a wounded lion, the Red Devils could strike harder this time.
Stoke are confident of getting a result, giving that Stoke’s front man Marko Arnautovic is the highest League goal-scorer between the two teams with five goals to his name. He believes his side has chances against United.