Sir Alex Ferguson could stick with the same XI that bounced back from defeat to Spurs with a resounding 3-0 win at Newcastle. Rooney and Welbeck flanked Robin van Persie up front in that game and could do so again here.
Smalling and Young are nearing a return to fitness from respective toe and knee injuries, but both are 50-50 to play against Stoke.
Other defensive issues remain, with Vidic and Jones still out.
Tony Pulis has named the same starting XI for the last 3 league matches, coming away from Chelsea with a narrow loss, beating Swansea and then drawing at Anfield. They have only conceded one goal in that time (though they have only scored two), so they will probably keep the same team for this tough trip to Old Trafford.
Glenn Whelan is a doubt but his absence will not affect Pulis' selection.
Mamady Sidibe is still out.
Manchester United succumbed to a surprising 3-2 reverse to Spurs in their last home game, and will be hoping to show the same form they displayed in their next game (a 3-0 win at Newcastle) as they return to home soil here.
Stoke are undoubtedly a difficult team to beat. They have lost only one game this season - an unfortunate, and late, single goal loss at Chelsea - but they do not win many games either. They have drawn 5 of their 7 league games, with only 11 goals scored in those matches, and they will set up to avoid defeat here, without really going for the win.
The Potters have had the least possession in the Premier League this season, averaging just 37.5%, while only two sides have had more than United. At least 65% possession for the home side would not be a surprise, but the scoreline won't reflect such domination. A 1 or 2 goal win to nil is likely.
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