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31/01/2014 17:13, Report by Tim Oscroft
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Preview: Stoke v United

Date, time and coverage:

Saturday 1 February, 15:00 GMT. There will be no live TV coverage in the UK. Follow the action live via ManUtd.com's rolling blog and MUTV Online's radio commentary. Match highlights will be available on MUTV Online from midnight GMT.

Form guide: Manchester United head to Stoke City on the back of Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Cardiff City, whereas the Potters’ 1-0 defeat at Sunderland on Wednesday put them even closer to the relegation zone. After one draw and five losses in their last six outings, Mark Hughes’ men are now only three points above the bottom three places.

Ins and outs: Marouane Fellaini has returned to training following wrist and back problems but did not make the bench for Cardiff, a game which Michael Carrick also missed due to an ankle injury. Stoke will be without Steven N’Zonzi, who was sent off in the defeat at Sunderland.

Last meeting: The Capital One Cup quarter final just before Christmas was the proverbial “cold night in the Potteries” that is said to be a true test of football hardiness. The game was stopped in the first half when a freak hail storm rendered conditions unplayable for a few minutes, but United shook off the inclement weather to battle through to a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Patrice Evra and Ashley Young.

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