Stoke City welcome Manchester United to the Britannia Stadium on Boxing Day (Watch live, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) with the Potters aiming to take advantage of United’s recent struggles.
Louis Van Gaal‘s side haven’t won in their last six outings in all competitions as speculation is rife that the Dutch coach could be fired if he loses this game. United have slipped out of the top four during this dreadful run and scoring goals continues to be a problem for the Red Devils.
As for Stoke, overall they’ve impressed this season but it’s been up and down with big home wins against Manchester City and Chelsea mixed win with disappointing defeats. Mark Hughes‘ hugely talented squad will fancy their chances.
In team news USMNT international Geoff Cameron starts for Stoke after overcoming a hamstring injury and passing a late fitness test. As for United, Phil Jones comes back in at center back, while Wayne Rooney is on the bench.
Stoke City: Butland; Johnson, Wollscheid, Sahwcross, Pieters; Cameron, Whelan; Afellay, Arnautovic, Shaqiri; Bojan
Manchester United: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Jones, Blind, Carrick, Herrera, Mata, Fellaini, Memphis, Martial