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Match Preview: Manchester United Vs Stoke City

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The Red Devils go head-to-head with Stoke City in Saturday’s game at the Bet365 stadium as the Premier League resumes after the international break.

How have the Reds fared so far?

Manchester United made a perfect start to the season with full points from the first three matches. One win came from an away match at Swansea with 0-4 scoreline.

The Reds currently hold a hundred percent record having won all the opening matches and top the table with nine points.

Manchester United have scored a total of ten goals and conceded none in the three matches played so far.

Stoke City’s start to the season

Stoke City have experienced every result possible for a team having won, drawn and lost one each. The win came at home against Arsenal with their new signing Jese Rodriguez scoring the winning goal.

The Potters are currently 11th on the Premier League table with four points after three matches.

Last season, both the league fixtures played between Manchester United and Stoke City ended in draws with a 1-1 scoreline with none able to clinch a win against each other.

Devils during the International break

It’s a positive sign for Manchester United with 17 players leaving for international duty towards their respective countries. Few made important contributions to matches in which they played.

Romelu Lukaku kept up his kick-off to the season form with four goals for Belgium in the wins against Greece and Gibraltar during the international break.

Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford kept going by scoring a goal for England in a 2-1 win against Slovakia.

Both our squad keepers David de Gea and Sergio Romero retained clean sheets for Spain and Argentina respectively.

Also, our Dutch international Daley Blind set-up two goals for Netherlands against a 3-1 win against Bulgaria.

Past Clashes against the Potters

Manchester United have a mixed all-time record against Stoke City with 43 wins, 35 draws and lost 28 matches in all competitions since the two teams clashed first in 1893.

But after Stoke city’s promotion to the Premier League in 2008, the Red Devils have dominated with 12 wins in 18 matches in league fixtures.

It’s the first meeting for the two teams since January at the Bet365 stadium when the Potters held United to a 1-1 draw after ex-Red Wayne Rooney scored from a spectacular free-kick.

Match Referee

The match against Stoke City will be officiated by Neil Swarbrick on Saturday, with the Lancashire official taking charge for his third Premier League match of 2017/18 season.

The match will be co-operated by Darren Cann and Scott Ledger along with the 51-year old man from Lancashire.

The fourth official will be Stuart Attwell.

Jose Mourinho’s men will crave for a win at the Potteries and keep the momentum going for them. The Reds will want to gain full points against Stoke City in Saturday’s game.

After Ashley Young and Luke Shaw stepped-up their recovery from injuries, they may be in contention for the match.

However, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rojo will miss the match as they yet need some time to recover from their respective injuries.

Meanwhile, good news arrived for Stoke City fans. Mark Hughes announced in pre-match interview that ex-Reds Darren Fletcher and Mame Diram Diouf are set to feature for Stoke City’s match against the United.

The Potter fans will be hoping that their star-men Xherdan Shaqiri and Jese Rodriguez perform well for the match.

United fans will be hoping that Henrikh Mkhitaryan continue his good form with another assist. Expect new summer signing Romelu Lukaku put a goal to the net against Stoke City after his stellar performances for Belgium.

It is going to be packed weekend as the Premier League resumes after the International break.

Hope to see the Reds give another power performance at the Potteries.

Look out for the predicted line-up at Arsedevils.

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Amiya Saha
Avid follower of Manchester United FC. Have blind faith on the Red Devils at any point. Waiting to see Manchester United bring back the Ferguson era. Has a dream to watch Manchester United play at Old Trafford live.

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