We have the starting teams from Old Trafford as Man Utd take on Stoke with the home side hoping to keep touch with premiership leaders Arsenal FC.
Manchester United - De Gea; Smalling, Jones, Evans, Evra; Nani, Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa; Rooney, van Persie.
Stoke: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Huth, Pieters; Walters, Palacios, Ireland, Nzonzi, Arnautovic; Crouch
- Manchester United have won their last nine home league games against Stoke, scoring 26 goals in the process. Stoke have lost 11 times and drawn just once at Old Trafford since a 1-0 victory in April 1976.
- Stoke have earned just one point in their last 11 league matches against Manchester United. Their last win was 2-1 at home on Boxing Day 1984.
- It is 20 years since Stoke last beat United in any competition – Mark Stein scored twice in a 2-1 League Cup second-round victory, only for United to win the second leg 2-0 at home to progress 3-2 on aggregate.
- United’s current tally of 11 points is their lowest after eight games of a season since 1989, when they had eight points.
- They have played consecutive home league matches without a win for the first time since 2007. That year, United went three successive games without a win at Old Trafford between April-August – but then won 12 home fixtures in a row.
- The Red Devils have only won three of their last eight Premier League matches at Old Trafford (W3, D2, L3).
- They have kept just two clean sheets in their last 12 league games, conceding 18 goals in that period.
- Manchester United have not lost a league game after taking the lead since a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea in March 2011.
- Robin van Persie has scored in each of his last six Premier League appearances against Stoke, amassing eight goals.
- Stoke have only taken two points from their last five matches, scoring one goal during that time.
- They have scored the fewest goals in the Premier League this season (four) and gone three games without a league goal for the first time since May to August 2011. Stoke have not endured a four-match streak without a top-flight goal since a club record eight-game spell between December 1984 and March 1985.
- The Potters have yet to lead a Premier League game at half-time this season, with their only first-half goal so far being Geoff Cameron’s equaliser in an eventual 3-1 defeat at Arsenal.
- However, Mark Hughes’ side have the joint-fifth best defensive record in the division, having only conceded seven goals in their eight matches.
- Stoke have matched last season’s start of eight points from their opening eight games.
- Hughes made 467 appearances for Manchester United over two spells and scored 163 goals (1980-86 & 1988-95).