Manchester United v Stoke City Preview

Tomorrow night Manchester United play Stoke City in the Premier League at Old Trafford. United are looking to go three points ahead of Manchester City, who play Arsenal on Wednesday.

There have been 92 matches between Manchester United and Stoke City in all competitions. Out of the 92 Man United have won 35 games, Stoke have won 26 and there have been 31 draws.

Man United will check the fitness of Wayne Rooney, who picked up an ankle injury during United's 2-1 win over West Brom at the weekend. Darron Gibson (unknown injury) and Patrice Evra (black eye) also picked up injuries against West Brom, they are rated as doubtful along with Luis Nani who is hoping to return from a hip problem.

United will definitely be without Ji Sung Park, who is away on international duty with South Korea, Paul Scholes (groin), John O'Shea (calf), Antonio Valencia (ankle) and Owen Hargreaves (hamstring).

Man United squad: Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Rafael, Brown, Neville, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Fabio, Nani, Obertan, Carrick, Fletcher, Gibson, Anderson, Giggs, Bebe, Rooney, Berbatov, Macheda, Hernandez and Owen.

Stoke will only be without Mamady Sidibe who is out with an achilles injury, Robert Huth is available after returning from suspension.

Stoke squad Begovic, Faye, Shawcross, Huth, Collins, Wilson, Etherington, Pennant, Whelan, Whitehead, Walters, Fuller, Jones, Gudjohnsen, Wilkinson, Higginbotham, Tuncay, Delap, Diao and Sorensen.

Mark Clattenburg is tomorrows referee, so far this season he has officiated 21 games in all competitions, showing 64 yellow cards and three red cards. Clattenburg has taken charge of three games involving United this season; their 3-0 win over West Ham in the league, the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the league and United's 4-0 loss to West Ham in the League Cup. Clattenburg has only refereed one game involving Stoke so far this season; their 3-2 win over Birmingham in the league.

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