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Manchester United will be looking to make it four wins on the bounce to help them secure their spot in the top four when they take on Stoke at Old Trafford this evening. 

After a hard-fought win against Arsenal last week, Louis van Gaal's team released the handbrake and looked to be a much more potent force going forward against Hull on Saturday as they recorded a 3-0 win.

Winning ways

Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling and Robin van Persie were on the scoresheet at Old Trafford which keeps them two points ahead of their rivals such as Arsenal and Tottenham in the race to secure Champions League football, and now the games are coming thick and fast they'll look to maintain the gap.

However they will have to do just that without key man Angel di Maria - Manchester United's club record signing injured his hamstring over the weekend and will sit this one out. 

Knock

Wayne Rooney picked up a knock in the same game and hasn't been risked in tonight's clash, with James Wilson taking his place. Radamel Falcao remains on the bench for this one.

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For Stoke, Steve Sidwell is missing while Glen Whelan is also sidelined. Former Manchester United defender Phil Bardsley is available however. Ryan Shawcross will also go up against his former team.

Manchester United team

De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young, Herrera, Fellaini, Carrick, Mata, van Persie, Wilson.

Subs

Lindegaard, Blackett, McNair, Fletcher, Januzaj, Falcao, W.Keane

Stoke team

Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Cameron, Nzonzi; Ireland, Bojan, Assaidi; Diouf

Subs

Butland; Muniesa, Palacios, Arnautovic, Adam, Crouch, Shenton

Record

Stoke won the last meeting between these two teams during one of the darkest days of the David Moyes era, with Charlie Adam sealing the deal after a Michael Carrick own goal early on.

However the Red Devils have a pretty strong record against Mark Hughes' side in recent seasons, winning every game since the Potters returned to the Premier League otherwise.

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