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Manchester United vs Stoke takes place on Saturday with United attempting to keep up the pace with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table.The game kicks off at 10 a.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream (details below).
At the start of the day Manchester United stand four points behind Chelsea at the top of the English Premier League table. If Chelsea beat Tottenham in the early kick off on Saturday that will give them a seven point cushion, and the pressure will be on United to claim the three points today so as not to drop behind too far.
Winger, Ashley Young, is fit again after spending two months on the sidelines with a knee injury. He will be in the match day squad for the Red Devils. However, Chris Smalling in defense will remain out with a broken foot.
On the Stoke side, Andy Wilkinson returns following suspension, but Glenn Whelan is a doubt due to a hamstring injury. He will take a fitness test before the game to see if he makes it.
Stoke's last match was away to Liverpool, which they claimed a draw from, and today they are away to Manchester United. It marks a tough run of fixtures for Stoke, but if they can claim anything out of today's game then it will have been a great success taking points on the road from two of the Premier League's most established teams.
After seven games Stoke currently lie in 12th place in the Premier League table, having taken just eight points so far. However, Stoke have proven tough to beat and their performances against the top sides in the division have been reasonably good.
They have drawn against Liverpool away, as well as seeing out a 0-0 draw away to Arsenal. Stoke took points from Manchester City, drawing 1-1 at home against the current Premier League champions. Even against reigning Champions League winners, Chelsea it took a late goal for the Blues to beat Stoke.
However, it has been 36 years since Stoke beat United at Old Trafford; all the way back in April 1976.
Stoke have been one of the most difficult defenses for sides to break down, where as United are the top scorers in the league so far with 17 goals - so it makes for an interesting contest.
Meanwhile, United have beaten Stoke at Old Trafford in their last eight games there, and last year won 2-0 in the same fixture.
Manchester United vs Stoke kicks off at 10 a.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream by clicking here.