Stoke v United: Di Maria returns

Stoke City v Manchester United, Britannia Stadium, Premier League 1 January 2015

When will Louis Van Gaal crack the code? At the half way stage of the season United’s home record reads 10 games played and 25 points gained. It is a set of results second only to Chelsea’s this season. In stark contrast United has secured just 11 from nine games on the road – two points […]

Preview: Stoke City v United

Robin van Persie v Stoke City

The best front three in the Premier League: David Moyes’ perhaps generous assessment of his attacking options ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League fixture with Stoke City this weekend. Generous in that the triumvirate is as yet untested as a combination; yet almost £90 million worth of exciting talent nonetheless. A hint too at the […]

Preview: Stoke City v United

Robin van Persie v Stoke City

There may be a small part of David Moyes, buried a little beneath the surface, that wouldn’t be too hurt if his side loses in Stoke on Wednesday. After all, victory would take Manchester United into the Capital One Cup semi-finals, adding two fixtures to an already difficult January schedule. With Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and […]

Preview: United v Stoke City

Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney

Stoke City at Old Trafford. Three thousand away supporters convinced the game is the biggest of the season. The rest of the stadium safe in the knowledge that it certainly is not. And yet while Stoke fans hold a misplaced sense of local rivalry there is no doubt that this is a vital match in […]

Preview: Stoke City v United

Robin van Persie Stoke

It is less a question of ‘why Delilah’, as Stoke City’s adopted song goes, but what exactly the club’s fans believe is the nature of any rivalry between them and Manchester United? After all, the visiting fans in Sunday’s match at the Britannia care little about Stoke, or the 42 mile distance between the clubs. Much […]

Preview: United v Stoke City

Manchester United version Stoke City – Premier League, Old Trafford – Saturday 20 October 2012

Ah, the international break – that period when Manchester United fans kick back and think of better things to come, a season once again disrupted by World Cup qualification. It is also the time when Sir Alex Ferguson prays to the Gods of whomever that his squad will return from faraway lands fit and healthy. […]

Reds’ rallying cry for Stoke clash

Manchester United v Stoke City

Sir Alex Ferguson has backed his squad to recover from FA Cup defeat at Anfield just three days ago, with the Scot’s Manchester United side facing Stoke City at Old Trafford on Tuesday night. The fixture offers Ferguson’s side a rapid opportunity to put the loss in Liverpool to one side and continue the pursuit […]

Reds aiming for six pack at Stoke

Javier Hernandez versus Stoke City

The Britannia Stadium, they say, is a cauldron of hostility and Tony Pullis’ Stoke City team the most aggressively direct of any in the Premier League. And while Stoke’s supporters continue to live with the bizarre notion that there is a local rivalry with United to maintain, Pullis’ team is a far better footballing outfit […]

Nani seals narrow Reds win


Manchester United moved three points clear of rivals Manchester City at the head of the Premier League after a narrow win over Stoke City on Tuesday night. Javier Hernández in the opening period and then Nani after the break scored for United as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side laboured to a narrow victory over the Potters at […]