Manchester United will look to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League as they travel to Stoke
MANCHESTER UNITED are heading to the Potteries in high spirits after taking maximum points with a goal difference of 10-0 from their first three games.
But as Arsenal will tell them, Jose Mourinho’s men should be wary of a trip to face Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium.
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Mark Hughes’ men have had a solid start to the season.
Following a 1-0 loss at Everton, the Potters then beat Arsenal 1-0 before holding West Brom to a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns.
When is Stoke vs Manchester United?
Stoke will take on Manchester United on Saturday, September 9.
The match will kick off at 5.30pm.
It will take place at the Bet365 Stadium.]
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By Danny Higginbotham, The Analyst
THIS is why Henrikh Mkhitaryan is getting so many assists.
Romelu Lukaku is pushing opposition defences back – and creating space for the United midfield. That means Mkhitaryan is getting seven seconds on the ball, instead of three.
For a player of his quality that’s easily long enough to pick that killer pass.
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What TV channel is Stoke vs Manchester United on?
Stoke vs Manchester United will be shown live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 4K UHD.
Coverage will begin at 5pm.
What is the latest team news?
Here are the line ups.
Key Battle: Kurt Zouma vs Marcus Rashford
Kurt Zouma will be the key man for Stoke as he looks to keep the Red Devils’ free scoring attack quiet the way he did Arsenal’s.
Joining on loan from Chelsea, this is the defender’s chance to shine in the Premier League.
Playing on the right of Hughes’ back-three, he will be up against Marcus Rashford, with the forward constantly making runs down the left-flank.
The Frenchman was caught out of position for Everton’s goal on the opening day, but is improving game-by-game.
He has the pace to keep up with the 19-year-old, and the physicality to battle aerially against both him and Lukaku.
Rashford, although he didn’t score against Swansea, constantly made dangerous runs, pulling the defence out of position and testing the opposition’s discipline.
He will be able to do the same on Saturday, and Zouma will need help from Geoff Cameron.
- Stoke are unbeaten in their last four home Premier League games against Manchester United (W2
D2) since losing four of their first five between 2008-09 and 2012-13.
- Under Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United’s win percentage in the Premier League against Stoke was 90% (won nine out of 10) – since he left in May 2013, they’ve won three out of eight; a win ratio of 37.5%.
- Coming in to this matchday, Manchester United will have ended 27 days at the top of the Premier League table this season – more than the total of the previous four seasons combined (16 days).
- The Red Devils have scored four goals from substitutes so far this season; more than any other Premier League team (Martial x2, Rashford and Fellaini). In 2016-17, they only scored six goals through subs in 38 games.
- Jose Mourinho hasn’t been on the winning side in any of his last four clashes against Stoke (D3 L1), with one of those draws in the League Cup in October 2015 which his Chelsea side lost 5-4 on penalties.
- Mourinho has lost his fourth league match of the season in four of the last five seasons (W1), with his first defeat as Manchester United boss coming on the fourth Premier League matchday against Man City last season.
- Mark Hughes is unbeaten in his last three league meetings with Jose Mourinho (W1 D2 L0) – the only manager to have gone 4+ games in a row unbeaten against the Portuguese boss in the Premier League is Ronald Koeman (five in a row).
- Romelu Lukaku has scored 16 goals and assisted two more in his last 18 Premier League appearances.
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan has provided five assists in his first three Premier League games this season. Only two players have provided six assists in their first four Premier League apps of the season – Thierry Henry in 2004-05 and Cesc Fabregas in 2014-15.
- Saido Berahino hasn’t scored a Premier League goal since 27th February 2016, with his current
drought extending to 1823 minutes (over 30 hours of action).