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Manchester United v Stoke: Match preview

Moyes will be wanting all three points against Stoke. (©GettyImages)
Moyes will be wanting all three points against Stoke. (©GettyImages).

Manchester United host Stoke City at Old Trafford this weekend and will be hoping to follow their 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in midweek by collecting all three points from the Potters.

After picking up seven points from three games in the opening stages of the season, Stoke have been in poor form recently after losses to Arsenal, Fulham and Norwich. Mark Hughes' men did manage to hold out for a point last weekend against West Brom, however.

The Potters head into the game on Saturday still without a striker on the scoresheet so far this season and with only four goals scored in total.

That being said, United have had one of their worst starts to a top-flight campaign so this could be Stoke's best time to pick up their first ever points at Old Trafford.

Team news

United should have Robin van Persie back after he sat out their midweek game with a groin problem. They should also have Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic available.

Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck are still out.

Stoke have a close to fully fit squad ahead of their trip to Manchester.

Captain Ryan Shawcross could brush off the sickness bug he has been suffering this week to be available and Geoff Cameron looks to have overcome the calf Injury that kept him out against West Brom.

Stats

Manchester United have won their last nine home league games against Stoke, scoring 26 goals in the process. Stoke have lost 11 times and drawn just once at Old Trafford since a 1-0 victory in April 1976.

It is 20 years since Stoke last beat United in any competition - Mark Stein scored twice in a 2-1 League Cup second-round victory, only for United to win the second leg 2-0 at home to progress 3-2 on aggregate.

If Shawcross doesn't play tomorrow, Stoke have not won a game since October 2008 without their captain, and with Marc Wilson as a replacement, Old Trafford will look like a daunting task.

Match preview

United are in bad form but so are Stoke. Hughes' men are finding it hard to score and United are finding it difficult to win against smaller teams.

I predict a draw.

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