Despite an impressive run of form for Manchester United, unbeaten since October, are yet to move from sixth place.
Today, that could finally change, temporarily at least. Maximum points from a tricky trip to Stoke would see United go above City before Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City host an in-form Tottenham side in the late kick-off.
Unusually, The Special One has a full squad to choose from, with the sole exception of Eric Bailly, currently on international duty with the Ivory Coast.
His side’s winning run came to an end last week as Liverpool managed to come away from Old Trafford with a point despite a late onslaught. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s header cancelled out James Milner’s early penalty as the teams shared the spoils.
For Stoke, they’re just off the back of a comfortable 3-1 win at Sunderland with Marko Arnautovic bagging a first-half brace.
The teams are out and the Potters have named an attacking side with Peter Crouch leading the line.
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) January 21, 2017
United meanwhile have the slight upgrade of Zlatan Ibrahimovic spearheading their side.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 21, 2017
The game kicks off at three o’clock.
Rory Murphy, Pundit Arena