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Old Trafford (ATT 75,585) 20th October 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Taylor

Man Utd Manchester United vs Stoke City Stoke

Man Utd 4

W Rooney (27, 65)
R van Persie (44)
D Welbeck (46)


Stoke 2

W Rooney (og 11)
M Kightly (58)

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Last Updated: 20/10/12 2:10pm

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Ashley Young: Has shaken off a knee injury and comes back into contention for Manchester United

Ashley Young: Has shaken off a knee injury and comes back into contention for Manchester United

Manchester United head into the weekend hoping to avoid becoming the latest side to drop important points against Stoke City.

Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool have already been held by the Potters this term, with Tony Pulis' side living up to their reputation as a notoriously difficult nut to crack.

Manchester United have, however, fared admirably against Stoke since they returned to the Premier League - winning all but one of the eight meetings between the two clubs.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side have won all four of their clashes with the Potters at Old Trafford, netting 13 times in the process.

Stoke will have taken plenty of positives, though, from the way in which they have started the season, with their sights set on moving into the top half of the table.

Self-preservation is likely to be the name of the game for the visitors on Saturday, but clean sheets against Liverpool and Arsenal have raised morale and the Potters are always dangerous from set-pieces.

Ferguson is aware of that fact, branding Pulis' men 'the jolly green giants', but will be looking for United to counter that threat and build on the positive showing they put in at Newcastle United prior to the international break.

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Ashley Young is ready to return to the Manchester United squad after shaking off a knee injury.

The England winger has been sidelined since the end of August, but will come back into contention this weekend.

Ferguson has confirmed that his crop of international stars have been returned to him in full working order, meaning he has no fresh injury concerns to contend with.

Chris Smalling is making progress in his return from a knee problem, but he remains out of the picture for now along with defensive duo Nemanja Vidic and Phil Jones and Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard.

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Pulis will assess the condition of Glenn Whelan and Michael Owen ahead of Stoke's trip to Old Trafford.

Midfielder Whelan, who came off in the 0-0 draw at Liverpool with a hamstring problem which kept him out of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifiers against Germany and the Faroe Islands, is rated as 50-50.

Pulis expects former Manchester United striker Owen, missing from the Liverpool game after tweaking his groin, to only be fit enough for a place on the bench at best.

Defender Andy Wilkinson is, however, available again after completing a three-match suspension.

Previous game's starting line-ups

  • De Gea 1 De Gea
  • Valencia A 25 Valencia A
  • Smalling 12 Smalling
  • Evans 6 Evans
  • Rojo 5 Rojo

  • Herrera 21 Herrera
  • Blind 17 Blind
  • Di Maria 7 Di Maria

  • Fellaini 31 Fellaini

  • Young 18 Young
  • Rooney 10 Rooney

Team taken from Manchester United vs Newcastle United (Barclays Premier League) on Wednesday 4th March 2015

  • Begovic 1 Begovic
  • Bardsley 2 Bardsley
  • Wollscheid 26 Wollscheid

  • Wilson 12 Wilson
  • Pieters 3 Pieters
  • N'Zonzi 15 N'Zonzi
  • Whelan 6 Whelan
  • Walters 19 Walters
  • Adam 16 Adam

  • Moses 13 Moses
  • Crouch 25 Crouch

Team taken from Stoke City vs Everton (Barclays Premier League) on Wednesday 4th March 2015

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