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MATCH PREVIEW: Stoke City vs Manchester United

Stoke City vs Manchester United

Capital One Cup, Quarter-Final

Wednesday 18 December, 2013

19:45 KO (BST)

Britannia Stadium (27,743)

Britannia Stadium - Stoke City


We have a squad of players who I believe can all play in any game, so I’ll see who I think is ready. We have a lot of games coming up and we need to use that squad. I’ll look at this game and see who is best suited.” – David Moyes.

Starting XI from: David de Gea, Anders Lindegaard; Rafael da Silva, Fabio da Silva, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Nemanja Vidic, Alex Buttner; Antonio Valencia, Nani, Ashley Young, Adnan Januzaj, Wilfried Zaha, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa; Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney

Doubts: Shinji Kagawa (illness), Chris Smalling (knock), Marouane Fellaini (back), Javier Hernandez (knock)

Unavailable: Robin van Persie (thigh), Michael Carrick (Achilles)

2013/14 Capital One Cup road so far: 1-0 vs Liverpool (3rd round), 4-0 vs Norwich (4th round)

Away record vs Stoke City: P47 W13 D16 L18 F54 A71

League Cup record vs Stoke City: P5 W1 D2 L2 F5 A5


Stoke City

There have been questions about the make up of the team and when that happens United invariably respond… You know United players react to criticism and we have to be careful with that.” – Mark Hughes.

Starting XI from: Asmir Begovic, Thomas Sorensen; Marc Muniesa, Ryan Shawcross, Marc Wilson, Erik Pieters, Andy Wilkinson, Geoff Cameron; Steven N’Zonzi, Glenn Whelan, Wilson Palacios, Brek Shea, Charlie Adam, Stephen Ireland, Oussama Assaidi, Marko Arnautovic, Jemaine Pennant; Jonathan Walters, Peter Crouch, Kenwyne Jones

Doubts: Matthew Etherington (fitness)

Unavailable: Robert Huth (knee)

2013/14 Capital One Cup road so far: 3-1 vs Walsall (2nd round), 2-0 vs Tranmere (3rd round), 4-4 (4-2 on pens) vs Birmingham (4th round)


Last five meetings at the Britannia Stadium

Stoke 0-2 United (14-04-13)

Stoke 1-1 United (24-09-11)

Stoke 1-2 United (24-10-10)

Stoke 0-2 United (26-09-09)

Stoke 0-1 United (26-12-08)


Referee: Mark Clattenburg.

The 38-year-old referee has taken charge of 20 matches in all competitions this season, brandishing 67 yellow cards and not a single red. He has awarded 3 penalties in these fixtures. Clattenburg oversaw United’s 1-0 win over Liverpool in the 3rd round of this season’s competition.

Assistants: Simon Beck, Ian Hussin.

Fourth Official: Simon Hooper.



United are unbeaten in 12 matches vs Stoke City, recording 11 wins and 1 draw.

The last Stoke City win over United came in the 1993 League Cup – a 2-1 2nd round win.

United have won 4 of the last 5 meetings between the sides at the Britannia Stadium.

Javier Hernandez has scored 5 goals in 7 appearances vs the Potters.

Kenwyne Jones has scored 8 goals in his last 7 League Cup matches.

Stoke have yet to play a Premier League side in this season’s competition.

United are unbeaten in 8 away matches in all competitions.

Stoke have never lost a home cup tie against United.

David Moyes reached the semi-finals of the League Cup in 2007/08 – the only time he has ventured past the 5th round of the competition.

Score prediction: Stoke 1-2 United


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5 replies on “MATCH PREVIEW: Stoke City vs Manchester United”

The league cup is one United can win. I think Moyes should go all out. Will be a good boost to his confidence should he win the cup.
Lindegaard; Fabio, Ferdinand, Jones, Buttner; Zaha, Fletcher, Anderson, Young; Rooney, Welbeck.
would be a good idea to bring a couple of the youth players in too.

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