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Shot by Glenn Whelan from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic by Cameron Jerome. Cameron Jerome booked for unsporting behaviour. David De Gea takes the direct free kick.
Long range effort by Ryan Shotton goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Peter Crouch joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kenwyne Jones.
Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Michael Carrick goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Glenn Whelan takes a short corner.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrice Evra on Cameron Jerome. Steven Nzonzi crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by David De Gea.
Foul by Charlie Adam on Michael Carrick, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David De Gea.
Danny Welbeck replaces Javier Hernandez.
Michael Owen is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Walters.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Walters on Phil Jones. Direct free kick taken by David De Gea.
The referee blows for offside against Javier Hernandez. Robert Huth takes the free kick.
Cameron Jerome is brought on as a substitute for Geoff Cameron.
Ryan Shotton takes a shot. Save made by David De Gea.
Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie by Andy Wilkinson. Robin van Persie scores a placed penalty. Stoke 0-2 Man Utd.
Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Nemanja Vidic results in a free kick. Antonio Valencia is given a yellow card. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
Ryan Shotton concedes a free kick for a foul on Javier Hernandez. Wayne Rooney crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Kenwyne Jones.
Kenwyne Jones has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
Charlie Adam takes a shot. David De Gea makes a save.
Shot by Charlie Adam from 30 yards. Save made by David De Gea.
Phil Jones challenges Jonathan Walters unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Effort on goal by Jonathan Walters from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
Robin van Persie produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Header by Kenwyne Jones from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Wayne Rooney on Kenwyne Jones. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Wayne Rooney takes the inswinging corner, Kenwyne Jones manages to make a clearance.
Charlie Adam takes the inswinging corner, Ryan Shawcross produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Charlie Adam takes the inswinging corner, save by David De Gea.
Andy Wilkinson takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
Ryan Shawcross concedes a free kick for a foul on Javier Hernandez. Wayne Rooney produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Jonathan Walters fouled by Antonio Valencia, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.
Wayne Rooney fouled by Glenn Whelan, the ref awards a free kick. Wayne Rooney delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Javier Hernandez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Wilkinson. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic. Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie, clearance made by Robert Huth.
Glenn Whelan fouled by Shinji Kagawa, the ref awards a free kick. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Javier Hernandez challenges Ryan Shawcross unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.
Shot from 35 yards by Robin van Persie missed to the right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Wayne Rooney played to the near post, Close range headed effort by Michael Carrick goes wide of the left-hand post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Javier Hernandez by Robert Huth. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Rooney.
Nemanja Vidic concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Adam. The ball is delivered by Glenn Whelan, Robert Huth has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Effort from 25 yards by Geoff Cameron.
Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie.
Shot by Wayne Rooney. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Jonathan Walters has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Corner taken by Robin van Persie, Patrice Evra produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line. Michael Carrick finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stoke 0-1 Man Utd.Phil Jones provided the assist for the goal.
Robert Huth concedes a free kick for a foul on Robin van Persie. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Jonathan Walters, David De Gea makes a save.
Pulis ready for battle
Stoke boss Tony Pulis accepts his side are up against "overwhelming odds" as they host runaway Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United this weekend.
United, 12 points clear at the top of table with seven games to play, are striding towards a record-extending 20th title while the Potters struggle at the opposite end.
Sir Alex Ferguson's men did suffer defeat to rivals Manchester City in their derby last Monday but Pulis sees that as a mere blip.
He said: "I think you have got to recognise the strength they have got.
"You have got to recognise you are competing against overwhelming odds in a lot of respects.
"That is why they are champions-elect - they have got the best team and the best players.
"We have to pick a team we think will work as hard as they possibly can to nullify their strengths, and also give us an opportunity to compete at the other end of the pitch as well."
Alarm bells have started ringing at the Britannia Stadium after a dismal run of just one win in 13 league games. They have kept only one clean sheet in the last 14 and scored just two in the last six.
But in a 21-year managerial career that has taken him through the divisions, Pulis feels he is equipped to deal with the challenge.
"I think publicity-wise it is the hardest time I've had - but I have had tougher times with teams that haven't been as good as this one, and you've had to eke out results," said Pulis, who has managed six clubs.
"But everything that goes with the Premier League is magnified and multiplied enormously.
"We have to concentrate on ourselves and not take too much notice of what is going on around us."
Stoke will check on the fitness of midfielder Matthew Etherington (back) and defender Marc Wilson (back/hamstring).
Both players were forced off in the out-of-form Potters' loss to Aston Villa last weekend.
Midfielder Glenn Whelan has trained this week and is fit to return after a back problem.
Javier Hernandez has vowed to do everything possible to assist Manchester United's title quest even if he wishes he could get a few more starts.
The Mexican made his 30th appearance of the season during Monday's derby defeat to City at Old Trafford, yet of those, only 19 have been starts.
Little wonder therefore he has been linked with moves to various clubs this summer as speculation intensifies about the potential arrivals of Robert Lewandowski and Atletico Madrid's much sought-after Radamel Falcao.
But no-one could ever accuse Hernandez of not being a team man.
"All the players in the world want to start every single game," Hernandez said. "I am happy to be at this club.
"Of course I would love to start more often but I will keep the same attitude.
"When the gaffer wants me on the bench or the starting line-up I will do my best. My attitude is going to be very good because I want to respect the club, my team-mates and the coach."
With just six points from their last 13 games, Pulis' team are embroiled in a relegation scrap no-one at the Britannia Stadium anticipated.
And it seems to have made the Stoke fans question Pulis' tactics in a manner they did not feel a need to following his return to the club in 2006.
Yet Rio Ferdinand has been to Stoke enough times not to get drawn into feeling United can stabilise their own campaign in a degree of comfort.
"Stoke isn't hostile in terms of an anger element. It's just a real football place," said Ferdinand.
"Their fans are very vocal for their team and they're ramped up, which ups the ante a bit.
"In the last few seasons Tony Pulis has done a fantastic job.
"When you look at the budget they've more than overproduced and you wouldn't expect to be where they, but this league throws up crazy stuff sometimes.
"Nevertheless, they always put on a tigerish performance against us - we don't expect anything different this time."
Ashley Young will miss Manchester United's trip.
Young is facing two weeks out with an ankle injury sustained during Monday's defeat to Manchester City.
Jonny Evans (hamstring) should be fit, while skipper Nemanja Vidic (calf) returns to training on Saturday. Paul Scholes (knee) is definitely out.
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