Manchester United are looking to extend their 3 match winning run when they face a winless Stoke side. Wayne Rooney is set to miss out again, while Marko Arnautovic is in line for his 100th Premier League appearance for the Potters.
After three defeats in a week earlier this month, United manager Jose Mourinho has overseen three victories against Northampton, Leicester and Zorya. United’s good start means they sit sixth in the league with 12 points.
If Mourinho felt under pressure after his difficult week, Stoke boss Mark Hughes will certainly feel uneasy in his position, as the Potters sit 19th with only two points. Last weekend’s draw with West Brom halted a run of four successive defeats. Stoke’s only taste of victory this season came in the EFL Cup against League Two Stevenage.
United edge the head to head record between the two sides, with 43 wins to Stoke’s 28. However, recent meetings have seen both sides claim two wins in the last five clashes to give Stoke hope of gaining a result.
Wayne Rooney has started the last two games on the bench, and is set for a substitute role again. Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have impressed in their supporting roles to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with all three starting the last two games, including Thursday’s Europa League victory.
Mourinho may use Stoke’s lowly position as a chance to rotate, so Rooney, Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be hoping to deputise if required, although the latter is a doubt with a knock.
For Mark Hughes, goalkeeper Jack Butland, and midfielders Ibrahim Affelay and Stephen Ireland are long-term absentees, while Jon Walters and Joe Allen are doubts with ankle and hamstring complaints respectively. If Allen misses out, Bojan may replace the Welshman in midfield.