Official Boothen Roar Match Preview: Manchester United v Stoke

Last updated : 04 January 2011 By Dan Buxton

The Potters travel to Old Trafford tonight after just two defeats in nine games, but searching for a first win at Old Trafford in 36 years.

Stoke sit 8th in the Premier League and will be up to try and inch further away from the relegation zone and hopefully into a european position. The visitors are top and unbeaten all season.

Stoke have an good away record this season and have already beaten WBA, Blackburn and Newcastle but have five defeats. Manchester United are unbeaten all season and have nine wins and a draw in ten home games so far.

In the 45 matches between these sides at Stoke, the Potters have won 7, the hosts 22 and sixteen have been drawn. Last time the pair clashed at Old Trafford the game ended in a 4-0 home win. Overall Man Utd have won 35 times to the Potters 26 victories, although City haven't won any of the last 6 encounters between the two sides.

The referee is Mark Clattenburg. This season he reffed the Potters in their 3-2 win over Birmingham. He refereed Man Utd in their 2-0 home win over Spurs, 3-0 home win over West Ham and 4-0 Carling Cup defeat to West Ham.

The Met Office report that there will be medium level cloud, temperatures of a chilly 5 degrees celsius, good visibility and a 10mph wind, with gusts of 25mph.

Prediction: The Potters chase and harass all night and after conceding with fifteen minutes to go, pulled level thanks to Fuller's 88th minute solo effort