Manchester United v Stoke team news and stats

Date published: Tuesday 2nd February 2016 11:38

Guillermo Varela: Takes pride in playing for United

Manchester United are expected to keep faith in their young full-backs when Stoke arrive at Old Trafford on Tuesday night (8pm).

Team news: 

Uruguayan right-back Guillermo Varela looks set to make just his second Premier League start for United in their game against Stoke.

With Matteo Darmian (chest), Ashley Young (groin), Marcos Rojo (shoulder), Antonio Valencia (foot) and Luke Shaw (leg) injured, United are short in numbers at the back so 22-year-old Varela looks set to keep his place in the team following his impressive performance in the 3-1 FA Cup win at Derby on Friday.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is expected to start on the other side of defence on his 19th birthday, but midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (knee) and defender Phil Jones (ankle) are unavailable.

Forwards Marko Arnautovic and Jonathan Walters will return to Stoke’s squad.

The pair, plus full-back Glen Johnson, all missed the weekend FA Cup defeat to Crystal Palace because of minor injuries but have recovered sufficiently to be included.

Defender Marc Wilson has been ruled out for 10-12 weeks after injuring a medial knee ligament at Selhurst Park.

Opta stats

  • Manchester United have defeated Stoke City 11 times in the Premier League, only Chelsea have won against the Potters as often (also 11).
  • Stoke City have lost all seven Premier League games at Old Trafford against the Red Devils.
  • Manchester United have scored 32 goals in the Premier League against Stoke City; more than any other team has managed versus the Potters.
  • After a draw and a win in his first two visits as a Premier League manager to Old Trafford, Mark Hughes has lost the last eight trips there in a row.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored three goals in his last two Premier League appearances against Stoke at Old Trafford.
  • This will be Mark Hughes’ 100th Premier League game in charge of Stoke – he’s got a record of W37 D26 L36 so far.
  • Man Utd have scored just 28 goals in their opening 23 league games this season; their lowest goal tally at this stage of a league campaign since 1989-90 (27).
  • Louis van Gaal (49.2%) has a lower Premier League win ratio as Manchester United manager than David Moyes (50%).
  • However, the Red Devils have kept a league-high 11 clean sheets in the Premier League so far in 2015-16.
  • Manchester United have attempted a joint-league low 35 shots on target at home in the Premier League this season (Sunderland also have 35) – Stoke have attempted more than this away from home (40).

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