United to win: 3/10
Stoke to win: 9/1
United to win to nil: 21/20
United win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0: 8/5
Draw HT, United FT: 16/5
Odds correct at time of writing. For latest prices, see ManUtd.com/bet.
United return to domestic action this weekend and history suggests Sir Alex couldn't have asked for a more accommodating fixture than a visit from Stoke City.
The Reds boast an imperious record over most top-flight teams but results against the Potters over the past four seasons mean a home win on Saturday appears inevitable.
Since gaining promotion back to the Premier League in 2008, Tony Pulis’ men have barely landed a punch on United, who have won seven of eight encounters, drawing the other, and scored 19 goals in the process.
The Reds have also won the last nine home games against Stoke, which is perhaps why Sir Alex’s men are as short as 3/10 to make it a perfect 10. Stoke are 9/1 outsiders and the draw is 4/1, but considering the Potters have won just 13 of their last 80 Premier League away games – scoring just 55 goals during that time – neither of those prices appeal.
Admittedly, United have occasionally experienced difficulties clicking back into top gear after international breaks and with Stoke’s expertise in frustrating superior teams, the