Manchester United welcome Stoke City at Old Trafford as United seeks League redemption at home against the potters. The likes of Paul Pogba and company will be in action as all eyes set to watch the match at Old Trafford for the last match of the weekend.
Both sides drew 2-2 at The Britannia Stadium, as the reds devils conceded twice away from home after looking like the portrait of good defensive connotation with a couple of clean sheets to their credit. However, Jose Mourinho will be looking to impress at home after taunting Chelsea boss Antonio Conte with a win as Chelsea drew goalless with Leicester City at the weekend.
With a renewed interest in this fixture we take a look at three things to expect from Manchester as Stoke City visits.
United to make amends:
The hosts Manchester United welcome struggling Stoke City side at Old Trafford as the matchday 23 rounds up this weekend. It promises to be a mouthwatering encounter as both sides have so much to play for at opposite ends of the League table. United will be hoping to beat Stoke with everything they got while Stoke City will be looking for revival as well, as they are far from safety in the League.
With United dropping points against Southampton at home, all hands will be on deck to ensure a turnaround on Monday Night fixtures. The Red Devils will aim for a win at all cost as they seek to make up for their poor defensive showing when both sides clashed at the Britannia Stadium earlier this season.
Life after Mark Hughes:
The Potters might have scuffled out some result in the Premier League this season but their position in the League shows how poor they have been overall this term. This was probably not helped by the exit of star forward Marko Arnautovic that departed West Ham United in the summer.
This series of results led to the sacking of manager Mark Hughes from the Stoke hot seat as Hughes joins the growing list of sacked Coaches in the Premier League this season just like that of Swansea City’s Paul Clement some weeks ago. Hughes was relieved of his duties at Stoke City about 9 days ago leaving the cub with a life after Hughes to ponder. This is not coming at the best possible time for Stoke City as they have a daunting task at Old Trafford against a United side looking for opportunity to turn around their season.
It promises to be interesting and full of intrigues as both sides fancy their chances in the match following some level of inconsistency among both teams as Stoke move on from Mark Hughes managerial regime.
Massive response to the title race:
This United/Stoke clash presents the Red Devils with the chance to remedy their season the best possible way as they trade tackles with Stoke knowing fully the importance of the tie and what it could bring to Manchester United’s season.
Liverpool got the job done (ended City’s unbeaten streak) at Anfield yesterday with an impressive win as Jurgen Klopp’s men gave the visitors a soccer punch on Sunday with a Mohamed Salah inspired performance.
This might have given United some hope in the title race as Manchester City drops three vital points on the road despite their attempts to get themselves back into the game thus reducing the deficit to 4-3 at the closing stages.
United must win to offer themselves a mathematical chance (though under probability) of catching the Cityzens as a win will draw them a step closer to the noisy neighbours and League favourite Manchester City.