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Manchester United will welcome a managerless Stoke City to Old Trafford on Monday as the Red Devils look to seal 3 points to keep their Premier League going. Currently sitting at 2nd place, United are quite behind Manchester City in terms of points but this will be a good opportunity for them to regain some lost ground. However, Jose Mourinho has been accused of playing deeply defensive football for a good majority of the season so far and the fans will hope for a better show on Monday.
Ashley Young continues to be suspended after receiving a three-match ban. However, Mourinho’s first-choice right-back Antonio Valencia is expected to return to the lineup. Meanwhile, Eric Bailly continues to be unavailable while Zlatan Ibrahimovic is likely to be out for another month.
David De Gea is the undisputed starter when it comes to Premier League games and the world’s best goalkeeper will start in goal for Manchester United.
Valencia has truly managed to turn things around for himself and the first-choice right-back is expected to play his usual solid game on the right-hand side.
Mourinho is likely to use Rojo in the heart of the defence. The centre-back’s ability to hold on to the ball is quite admirable and that could come in handy against Stoke.
Jones has been a figure of solidity for United at the back and he is likely to return to his usual position on Monday.
With Young serving a suspension, Shaw could receive a start. He has been sturdy of late and this will be a good chance for him to impress once more.
Matic’s ability to dictate the play has been a blessing for United in the midfield area and Mourinho should deploy him in his usual role against Stoke.
Mata’s experience often comes into play as he goes about doing his work. Chance creation will be of utmost priority and a lot will depend on him in the midfield.
Pogba usually keeps moving on the pitch, trying to make things happen. He has not been all that consistent but he can be lethal on his day and Mourinho will hope that it is his day against Stoke.
Martial could take up his usual role on the left-wing and this will be a good opportunity for him to put in some nice creative moves.
Lingard has sparked a tremendous change in his form and he is easily one of United’s key men at this point. His creativity and pace on the right-hand side will be needed against Stoke.
Lukaku will start this game after coming on as a substitute and putting in a good display against Derby County in the FA Cup.