Manchester United: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Fellaini, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rooney.
Subs: Romero, McNair, Varela, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Pereira, Memphis.
Stoke City: Butland; Johnson, Wollscheid, Muniesa, Pieters; Whelan, Afellay; Walters, Bojan, Arnautovic; Crouch
Nick Powell has explained his decision to leave Manchester United to join Hull City on loan until the end of the season was motivated by personal reasons.
The midfielder was a deadline day exit as he joined the Championship side, his third loan spell in as many seasons, and he’s unlikely to return to Old Trafford, given his deal expires in the summer.
Anthony Martial has revealed he has learnt a lot from Wayne Rooney since joining Manchester United, adding he’s happy to sacrifice himself for the team.
The Frenchman has been one of United’s few bright lights this season, displaying a talent and maturity uncommon for a 19-year-old but, after hitting the ground running since joining from Monaco, his attacking potential has been limited by Louis Van Gaal’s decision to deploy out on the left.
Louis Van Gaal has praised Manchester United’s “fantastic” support after the travelling supporters generated a fantastic atmosphere away at Derby County on Friday night.
Backed by over 5,000 reds, the largest away allocation of the season, United beat Derby 3-1 and booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup and the boisterous away support didn’t go unnoticed with Van Gaal.
Juan Mata has set his sights to a winning run this month as Manchester United look to put a rather dismal January behind them.
Despite picking up wins against Swansea and Liverpool in the Premier League and beating Sheffield United and Derby County in the FA Cup, United have come under intense scrutiny last month, with Louis Van Gaal’s future at the club increasingly under a cloud.
Jesse Lingard has urged Manchester United to maintain the same approach they adopted in their 3-1 win against Derby County in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday.
United, so often this season criticised for an overly cautious approach, took the game to the Championship outfit, looking to attack from kick off and producing some nice, slick attacking football throughout the game.
MUFC Transfer news: Nick Powell to join Hull City
Here is the latest Manchester United transfer news and gossip.
Nick Powell could be leaving Man United on loan and joining Steve Bruce’s Hull City. Powell, 21, has been out of action for a few weeks now having only recently returned from a season long lay-off but the suggestion is that he could once again be on his way out for another loan spell.
While I’m adverse to Powell leaving on loan again, you have to imagine Bruce, being an ex-Red, would want to get the best out of him if he joined rather than letting him sit on the bench.
The latest on Guillermo Varela to Genoa from Sport Witness is that he could potentially complete a move within 48 hours to the Serie A side. After his performance against Derby, one which showed his true potential, would that be a wise move?
Reports suggest West Ham in for Sadio Mane but with so little time left in the January transfer window, could a big move for Mane be agreed at this late stage?
Finally, The Sun suggest United are eyeing up a move for PSG defender Marquinhos within the next few days.
Louis Van Gaal might be under enormous pressure at Manchester United but the Glazers are more than happy with his managerial, a Dutch journalist has claimed.
Marcel van der Kraan, a Dutch journalist for De Telegraaf, told Sky Sports that the United’s hierarchy is satisfied with Van Gaal’s ability to build a structure at the club and to give his side the look of a “well run” company.