Manchester United have a very good record for games on Boxing Day and they will look to carry that forward against Stoke on Saturday evening.
Last year they faced Newcastle and it was Wayne Rooney who scored a brace and guaranteed a win for the red devils. This year it is going to be a cold windy night at Stoke. Britannia Stadium is the venue which may decide Van Gaal’s future with the reds. Stoke City have beaten Manchester United just once in the league since 1984 and that victory came in 2014.
Manchester United are currently fifth with 29 points and Stoke City are 11th with 23 points.
Fun Fact: Manchester United has won their last 11 Boxing day fixtures. Can Van Gaal extend it to 12?
Stoke City vs Manchester United Last Meeting
The last League meeting at Britannia Stadium was back on 1st January, 2015 and it was Falcao who scored for Manchester United. Rooney, Young, Falcao and Robin van Persie led the attack. Ryan Shawcross scored at the other end in the second minute. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Manchester United have lost the last two league games and have failed to win in their last four matches. Stoke have lost their last match against Crystal Palace but their form is better when compared to Manchester United. Stoke have won three matches in their last six league games while Manchester United has won only two.
Current situation is pretty obvious and we believe that Manchester United will be counting on their key players to have an emphatic result that restores the belief in their gaffer. On the other side, Stoke City are very good in recent games against the big sides of EPL. Mark Hughes will definitely be very happy to extend this good form against the struggling Manchester United.
Stoke City vs Manchester United Team News
Stoke City’s Ireland, Muniesa, Peter Crouch and Geoff Cameron are unavailable due to injuries. Manchester United will be missing Lingard due to hamstring injury and Bastian Schweinsteiger is still suspended. We can predict the line-ups of both the teams as below:
Stoke City: Butland, Johnson, Shawcross, Wollschied, Adam, Pieters, Whelan, Arnautovic, Shaqiri, Bojan, Diouf/Walters .
Manchester United: De Gea, Young, Jones, Smalling, Blind, Schneiderlin/Herrera, Carrick, Mata, Depay, Rooney, Martial.
De Gea will continue being the key player in the reds squad. The 25 year old shot-stopper will play a linchpin role if Manchester United win today. Depay and Martial will be keen to prove their worth and we believe that Rooney will try his best to retain his fame of being a prolific striker on the Boxing Day.
Stoke City will be banking on Marko Arnautovic to play a role in their final third. Arnautovic has been involved in many happenings in the Stoke attack and his pairing with Bojan is something to look out.
Stoke City vs Manchester United Betting Odds:
Stoke Win: 12/5
Manchester United Win: 7/5