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Stoke, meanwhile, opt for a 4-5-1 formation with Peter Crouch up front alone and Jonathan Walters and Michael Kightly on the wings. Ryan Shawcross also returns to the team as captain.
Manchester United (4-4-2): David De Gea; Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Rafael; Danny Welbeck, Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia; Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie.
Stoke City (4-5-1): Asmir Begovic; Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross, Robert Huth, Marc Wilson; Jonathan Walters, Dean Whitehead, Steven Nzonzi, Charlie Adam, Michael Kightly; Peter Crouch.
Manchester, Oct 20: Stoke City have a daunting to task to secure three points as they visit Old Trafford to face Manchester United in Game Week 8 of the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.
The Potters’ poor away record against the Red Devils reads 11 losses and one draw since 1976 while Alex Ferguson’s men will be keen to continue their impressive form following a 3-0 victory over Newcastle.
United welcome centre-back Chris Smalling and winger Ashley Young as Ferguson gets a much needed defensive boost against Tony Pulis’ towering players. But Smalling will be given a late fitness test as Fergie is happy with Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans at the heart of the defence.
Manchester United Enter Tough Stretch of Matches
The last thing anyone on the Manchester United roster will want to do on Saturday is look ahead to the upcoming fixtures that the Red Devils will face.
In the next three weeks, United will face a home-and-home series with Braga in the Champions League, two away matches against Chelsea, one in the EPL and one in the Capital One Cup, as well as a home EPL match with Arsenal.
United have plenty of depth to get through these matches but they may face some concerns heading into Saturday.
Delayed England Match Could Cause Selection Problems for Both Managers
With England’s match against Poland being postponed to Wednesday, that means that five players involved in Saturday’s match at Old Trafford will not return to their clubs until Thursday.
This is not a major concern for Stoke manager Tony Pulis as defender Ryan Shawcrossdid not play in Warsaw.