United hope to make it four wins from four visits to the Britannia Stadium...
United are aiming to extend a perfect record in the Barclays Premier League after last weekend's 3-1 triumph against Chelsea. Stoke are in fifth place after a promising start ended with a 4-0 hammering at Sunderland. The fact Tony Pulis' Potters had previously been on a draining trip to Dynamo Kiev (1-1) may at least partly explain that Stadium of Light setback; this week's midweek exertions led to a penalty shoot-out victory over Spurs, at home in the Carling Cup.
Ins and Outs
Danny Welbeck is fit again for United fter a hamstring problem but Javier Hernandez is a doubt. Chris Smalling could miss out with a groin strain and Nemanja Vidic, Rafael and Darron Gibson are still likely to be sidelined. Sir Alex Ferguson has told ManUtd.com that Rio Ferdinand could be set to start. Stoke must wait for an update on forward Ricardo Fuller's fitness after an Achilles injury while defender Danny Higginbotham misses out on the chance to play against his former club. Kenwyne Jones picked up a knock in the Carling Cup tie against Spurs.
The Reds were pushed all the way by Stoke at Old Trafford on 4 January 2011, but completed a league double over them by repeating the 2-1 triumph at the Britannia Stadium. Javier Hernandez made it three goals in two games against the Potters with a cheeky backheel, only for Dean Whitehead to level matters early in the second half. Nani cut in to bury a spectacular left-footed drive to swing things back in United's favour just past the hour mark.
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