UK time is: 23:29:38
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Manchester United vs. Stoke

Old Trafford

04/01/11

20:00

United v Stoke Preview!

After snatching a 2-1 defeat at the Hawthorns last timeout, Manchester United have the perfect opportunity to put further pressure on their title rivals when Stoke City visit Old Trafford this Tuesday evening.

Vital Quotes:

Stoke City venture to Old Trafford on the back of a very creditable 2-0 win over Everton, last time out. They arrive full of confidence and believe they can spring an upset with Dean Whitehead convinced that their strike-force of Kenwyne Jones and Ricardo Fuller can be the key to a Stoke success, when he remarks,

"There are a few games they have won which have been close but f you get at them, they are vulnerable at the back."

"Ricardo causes mayhem up top. He gets hold of the ball and lights things up. If Kenwyne and him produce another performance like they did against Everton, then we`ve got a right good chance."


We`ll see, we`ll see!

Manchester United Team News:

Sir Alex goes into this fixture with a couple of players who will need assessment after picking up knocks at the Hawthorns last time out, these players being Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra and Darren Gibson.

Definitely out are Antonio Valencia, Owen Hargreaves, John O`Shea and Paul Scholes with various injuries whilst Ji-Sung Park is away on Asian Cup duty.

Sir Alex is hoping, though, that Nani will have finally shaken off a hip injury that has kept him out of recent games.

Player to watch: Nemanja Vidic

It`ll be interesting to see how our club captain deals with the barrage of aerial balls that is likely to come in his direction courtesy of the throw-ins orchestrated by Rory Delap.

Stoke Team News:

Tony Pulis brings his squad to Old Trafford with only one injury absentee - Mamady Sidibe.

Robert Huth missed the Everton game through suspension but will be available again.

Player to watch: Ryan Shawcross

A former United youngster who has come on in leaps and bounds and is now being tipped as a potential England centre back of the future.

Match Facts & Stats

United have a good record against Stoke with our visitors not having won at Old Trafford since April 1976.

In recent fixture between the sides Manchester United have won 10 of the last 13 without Stoke scoring a goal.

The last two fixtures between the sides have seen Stoke beaten 4-0 on the last day of last season and United winning 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium back in October.

Ref Watch:

Mark Clattenburg will be the man in the middle.

Match Prediction:

Although Stoke harbour ambitions of winning this one, I really can`t see anything other than a United victory, possibly by at least two clear goals.

Next Fixtures:

This Sunday we welcome our old friends Liverpool to Old Trafford for what promises to be a titanic FA Cup 3rd round tie!




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 3 2011

Time: 2:49PM

Your Comments

i forgot to see it and i can't belive that the scores have been reset
bart615
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

That Same Old Song! (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Loyalty can Override Cash! (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Guarin Talk Resurrected (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Zaha Heading Back to London (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Fellaini Injured? (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Rojo Switch Almost Confirmed (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Panic Buys? (Tuesday August 19 2014)

Di Maria - A Last-Gasp Deal? (Tuesday August 19 2014)

Rojo - Another Update! (Tuesday August 19 2014)

Rooney Vows to Bounce Back! (Monday August 18 2014)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. TheFamousNo7 92
2. Kanchelskis 54
3. MotorMad 48
4. nordkap 12
5. ssopon273 2
6. kashere21 2
7. D_G 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Man Utd 1 - 2 Swansea

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
11. Sunderland 1 0 1 0 0 1
12. WBA 1 0 1 0 0 1
13. Crystal Palace 1 0 0 1 -1 0
14. Man Utd 1 0 0 1 -1 0
15. Southampton 1 0 0 1 -1 0
16. Q.P.R. 1 0 0 1 -1 0
17. Stoke 1 0 0 1 -1 0

Breaking League News

Ashley Continues To Sell The NUFC Soul
Newcastle : 20/08/2014 22:56:00
Dzeko Pens Four Year Contract
Man City : 20/08/2014 21:19:00
Malky Deal Falls Flat?
Crystal Palace : 20/08/2014 21:04:00
Bennett Makes Loan Move
Aston Villa : 20/08/2014 20:43:00
What to Do About Nathan Ake?
Chelsea : 20/08/2014 18:06:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Swansea?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
De Gea 9%
Smalling 0%
Jones 18%
Blackett 12%
Herrera 2%
Lingard 2%
Young 0%
Mata 1%
Rooney 15%
Hernandez 0%
Fletcher 0%
Nani 1%
Fellaini 0%
Januzaj 40%