Manchester United visit Stoke on Saturday (3pm kick-off) looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho’s side saw their slim title chances all but end last weekend when they drew 1-1 at home to Liverpool, a result which saw them fall 12 points behind league leader Chelsea following their win at champions Leicester.
It also meant that United’s excellent nine-match winning run in all competitions came to an end, but they also extended their unbeaten streak in the Premier League to 12 games, with their last defeat coming away at Chelsea on October 23.
Nonetheless, it now looks like Mourinho’s men will be in a battle for a top four place as opposed to the title, given that they are four points adrift of Arsenal in fourth, and two points behind neighbours Manchester City in fifth.
They travel to Mark Hughes’ Stoke on Saturday searching for a seventh away win of the campaign, but they’ll find it tough against a Potters side that have won both of their league games in 2017.
Hughes’ men beat Watford 2-0 and then comfortably got past Sunderland 3-1 at the Stadium of Light last time out, so Mourinho knows that his side will have to be at their best to get the three points.
With the second leg of their League Cup semi-final coming up against Hull next week, the United boss may make some changes to his side, so here are THREE players that deserve a chance against Stoke…