Date, time and coverage: Wednesday 18 December, 19:45 GMT. The match will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports, but you can follow it via ManUtd.com’s live blog and MUTV Online’s radio commentary. The game will be shown in full on MUTV from midnight matchday.
Form guide: Unbeaten in five visits to the Britannia Stadium, the Reds are looking to claim a third win on the spin in all competitions after the victories over Shakhtar and Aston Villa during the last week. The Potters have been solid on home turf this season, tasting defeat just once, and claimed a memorable scalp in their most recent outing there when Oussama Assaidi pounced late on to give Stoke a 3-2 win over Chelsea.
Ins and outs: Robin van Persie misses around the next month with a thigh injury, and while Michael Carrick is edging closer to contention after a lay-off with an Achilles problem, the midfielder will not be ready for the visit to the Potteries. Shinji Kagawa missed Sunday’s win over Aston Villa through illness, but David Moyes was hopeful that Chris Smalling and Marouane Fellaini would be available this week after recovering from their respective knocks but reported no new injury concerns. Stoke defender Robert Huth has been sidelined following knee surgery.
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The manager: Reds fans need little reminder of Mark Hughes’ talents as player from his years of magnificent service with United. The Welshman turned to management with his