UK time is: 11:16:03
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

And Back to the Subject of Vidal! (Saturday November 22 2014)

Van Persie Set to Leave in the Summer (Saturday November 22 2014)

Seven of the Best - Arsenal (a) (Friday November 21 2014)

Score for Us? (Friday November 21 2014)

Another Centre Back Mentioned (Friday November 21 2014)

Phelan Makes a Return to Carrow Road (Thursday November 20 2014)

Will This End Those Rumours? (Thursday November 20 2014)

Who Is Telling the Real Story? (Thursday November 20 2014)

That Rooney Celebration! (Thursday November 20 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 61
2. Kanchelskis 50
3. MotorMad 20
4. Red Boy 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Man Utd 1 - 0 Crystal Palace
Man City 1 - 0 Man Utd
Man Utd 1 - 1 Chelsea
WBA 2 - 2 Man Utd
Man Utd 2 - 1 Everton
Man Utd 2 - 1 West Ham

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
4. West Ham 11 5 3 3 5 18
5. Swansea 11 5 3 3 4 18
6. Arsenal 11 4 5 2 6 17
7. Man Utd 11 4 4 3 3 16
8. Newcastle 11 4 4 3 -2 16
9. Stoke 11 4 3 4 -1 15
10. Everton 11 3 5 3 2 14

Breaking League News

NUFC v QPR Match Preview and Thread
Newcastle : 22/11/2014 11:10:00
Match Day Moments - West Brom (h)
Chelsea : 22/11/2014 10:29:00
And Back to the Subject of Vidal!
Man Utd : 22/11/2014 09:24:00
Chelsea Linked to Croatian Striker!
Chelsea : 22/11/2014 09:20:00
And Still the Cech Rumours Flow!
Chelsea : 22/11/2014 09:12:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Arsenal v Manchester United?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
Home win! 1%
Away Win! 77%
Score Draw! 22%
0-0! 0%