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The ball is sent over by Matthew Etherington, Oliveira Anderson gets a block in.
Charlie Adam sends in a cross, save by David De Gea.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Peter Crouch. Free kick taken by David De Gea.
Corner taken by Charlie Adam, clearance made by Patrice Evra.
Wilson Palacios joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dean Whitehead.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam played to the near post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rio Ferdinand on Peter Crouch. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charlie Adam, clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rafael Da Silva on Matthew Etherington. Danny Welbeck goes off and Javier Hernandez comes on. Charlie Adam crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance made by Robin van Persie. Marc Wilson produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
The referee blows for offside. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Luis Nani replaces Antonio Valencia.
Michael Owen joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael Kightly.
The ball is sent over by Geoff Cameron, Oliveira Anderson gets a block in.
Paul Scholes leaves the field to be replaced by Oliveira Anderson. Matthew Etherington replaces Jonathan Walters.
Effort on goal by Robin van Persie from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on Rafael Da Silva. Rafael Da Silva restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line played to the near post. Wayne Rooney finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 4-2 Stoke.Assist on the goal came from Danny Welbeck.
Robert Huth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Wayne Rooney from left channel, clearance by Robert Huth.
Marc Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Antonio Valencia. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Rooney.
Michael Kightly finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 3-2 Stoke.Steven Nzonzi provided the assist for the goal.
Centre by Rafael Da Silva.
Dean Whitehead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck. Direct free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
Antonio Valencia takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a comfortable save.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Jonathan Evans takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Short corner taken by Robin van Persie.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam played to the near post, Robin van Persie makes a clearance.
Danny Welbeck scores a headed goal from close in. Man Utd 3-1 Stoke.Assist on the goal came from Wayne Rooney.
Foul by Paul Scholes on Jonathan Walters, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Robert Huth from the free kick, blocked by Rafael Da Silva.
Robin van Persie finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-1 Stoke.Antonio Valencia provided the assist for the goal.
Patrice Evra sends in a cross, save made by Asmir Begovic.
Unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead by Paul Scholes results in a free kick. Paul Scholes is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.
Rafael Da Silva challenges Peter Crouch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marc Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot.
Paul Scholes takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
Antonio Valencia concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Walters. Direct free kick taken by Steven Nzonzi.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Danny Welbeck produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Robin van Persie delivers the ball, Asmir Begovic makes a comfortable save.
Rafael Da Silva challenges Michael Kightly unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charlie Adam.
Michael Kightly challenges Rafael Da Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Kightly is shown a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Rafael Da Silva.
Robin van Persie sends in a cross, Wayne Rooney scores a headed goal from close range. Man Utd 1-1 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from Robin van Persie.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.
Effort from deep inside the area by Danny Welbeck misses to the right of the goal.
Charlie Adam crosses the ball, clearance made by Patrice Evra.
The official flags Robin van Persie offside. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Patrice Evra takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.
Patrice Evra fouled by Peter Crouch, the ref awards a free kick. Jonathan Evans takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead by Michael Carrick results in a free kick. Marc Wilson takes the free kick.
Charlie Adam takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.
Headed own goal by Wayne Rooney. Man Utd 0-1 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from Charlie Adam.
Paul Scholes concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Kightly. Charlie Adam crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Michael Kightly produces a cross, Jonathan Evans manages to make a clearance.
Paul Scholes fouled by Dean Whitehead, the ref awards a free kick. Rio Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Robert Huth. Paul Scholes takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Charlie Adam from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Centre by Charlie Adam, David De Gea makes a save.
Foul by Peter Crouch on Rio Ferdinand, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Robin van Persie. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Paul Scholes produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
Ferguson fearless as "giants" come to town
Sir Alex Ferguson is preparing to roll the welcome mat out for Stoke's "jolly green giants" insisting they hold no fears for Manchester United.
The statistics back up Ferguson's belief. In eight games since Stoke returned to the top flight in 2008 the Potteries outfit have collected just a single point against United.
Only Chelsea (two in nine) have enjoyed similar success, with Stoke taking eight points from nine games with both Arsenal and Manchester City, and 11 off Liverpool from a similar number of fixtures.
The key, according to Ferguson, as it used to be when facing Bolton and Wimbledon before them, is in the mind.
"We've got the jolly green giants coming to play against us," said Ferguson
"The biggest team in Europe. You can get yourself in a tangle about that because they are a handful at set-piece plays and long throw-ins, but you can't make a terror for yourself."
Ferguson has plenty of time for Tony Pulis, who has transformed Stoke's fortunes since his arrival at the club in 2006. He has no truck with those who believe Stoke's robust style has no place in the refined arena of the Premier League.
"Tony has done a fantastic job," said Ferguson.
"I can see progress every year, right from the foundations of the club in terms of youth players breaking through into the first team.
"Continuity brings consistency and they are a formidable outfit now."
Ferguson has major selection dilemmas in attack, which will not be made easier by the return of Ashley Young from a knee injury.
The 27-year-old made an excellent start to his United career, only to be stalled by an injury at Fulham last December, after which his form never truly recovered.
Young then endured a poor Euro 2012 before suffering a knee injury in the Old Trafford meeting with Fulham two months ago that condemned him to spend another couple of months on the sidelines.
In his absence, Ferguson has implemented a new diamond formation, without orthodox wide men, which in theory puts Young's place at risk.
However, the Scot believes Young will have spent much of his time out thinking about what might have been.
And that should drive him forward in the weeks ahead.
"The opportunities are there for him," said Ferguson.
"Ashley has the opportunity to win things here. I don't think that's lost on him.
"I'm sure during the time he's been out he's been thinking about that.
"That's what players do when they've been out, they start thinking about what should have been and what can be for them.
"That will hopefully surface as the season goes on."
Stoke boss Tony Pulis feels his side can only "do their best" when they take on big guns like United, claiming it is "not a level playing field" for such contests.
The Potters face United at Old Trafford, where they have been beaten by Sir Alex Ferguson's men on all four of their visits since their promotion to the top-flight in 2008.
Overall, they have lost seven and drawn one of their eight Premier League meetings with the Red Devils and reflecting on one of them - played in Manchester in January 2011 - Pulis said: "We got close. Nani scored and we got beaten 2-1.
"We probably played as well as we have played. We have had good periods in games up there, but they have always managed to get goals at the right time.
"The most important thing is that you go out there and do your best, but it is not a level playing field when you are playing against the top six or seven sides - you just look at the players they have, the money they have spent and their turnover compared to other clubs in the Premier League.
"United are one of those sides, but we will go up there and do our best - it is all we can do."
Pulis will assess the condition of Glenn Whelan and Michael Owen ahead of the game against the latter's former club.
Midfielder Whelan, who came off in the 0-0 draw at Liverpool with a hamstring problem which kept him out of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifiers against Germany and the Faroe Islands, is rated by Pulis as having a "50-50" chance of featuring at Old Trafford.
The manager has also said he expects striker Owen, missing from the Liverpool game after tweaking his groin, to only be fit enough for a place on the bench at best, but defender Andy Wilkinson is available again after completing a three-match suspension.
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