Manchester United will take on Stoke City for the Boxing Day Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium on 26 December.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is at 12:45pm GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live. Catch the highlights of the match on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:30pm GMT.


Stoke managed to keep clean sheets in the last three matches prior to their clash against Crystal Palace at home. Alan Pardew's men sealed a 2-1 victory over the Potters as the latter conceded their sixth goal in last 10 league matches.

In those last 10 fixtures, Stoke have managed to keep seven clean sheets. Mark Hughes will be looking forward for another clean sheet when he decides to take on his former club on Saturday.

Marko Arnautović
Marko Arnautovic secured all three points for Stoke with an acrobatic second-half volley Getty

United have not enjoyed a great run in all competitions as they were eliminated from the Capital One Cup and the Champions League. In the last 13 matches, they have managed only three wins and the last three matches have ended in defeat.

Louis van Gaal is under pressure and he will be looking forward for his side to bounce back when they take on Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Boxing Day. United will be looking to bounce back and a victory will give them the much needed morale boost for the Chelsea clash on 28 December.

What managers say

Mark Hughes: "I think there is a little bit of noise surrounding the club and a little bit of debate about how they are playing, and which way the club is going. From the games I have seen, they are dominating games for the most part. Their game seems a lot more possession-based than it has been in the past. They have had a lot of possession and created a lot of chances - a bit like ourselves."

Louis van Gaal: "I held meetings with the players with my members of staff, I hold a Christmas lunch, I did a speech and I feel the warmth and support of everybody in Carrington. But I didn't feel that in the media. Of course I can imagine that you can write about that subject [our bad results] but you have to stick to the facts."

Betting Odds (

  • Stoke City to win: 40/17
  • Draw: 43/19
  • Manchester United to win: 11/8

Team Form

Stoke City

  • Last Five: L L L D D
  • Last Result: Stoke City 1 -2 Crystal Palace

Manchester United

  • Last Five: L L W W L
  • Last Result: Manchester United 1-2 Norwich City
Ryan Giggs
After a shot period as interim manager, Ryan Giggs was named as Louis van Gaal\'s assistant in May 2014 Getty

Team News

Stoke City

  • Injured: Geoff Cameron, Marc Muniesa, Shay Given, Peter Crouch
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Rutland; Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters; Whelan, Adam; Arnautovic, Bojan, Shaqiri; Walters

Manchester United

  • Injured: Jesse Lingard, Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspend: Bastian Schweinsteiger

Possible XI: De Gea; Young, Jones, Smalling, Blind; Schneiderlin, Carrick; Depay, Mata, Martial; Rooney