12:45pm: Stoke City vs Manchester United

Britannia Stadium
The Britannia Stadium plays host to the first Boxing Day game. Getty Images

Full time: Stoke 2-0 Manchester United

Louis van Gaal asked for an apology from the media prior to the game for predicting his exit, but those questions will continue to come now after a fourth straight defeat at Stoke City. The Potters got the job done in the first half through Bojan and Marko Arnautovic and after that they were comfortable, with Jack Butland coming to their rescue on three occasions to prevent a comeback. Well that is all we have time for on this live blog, but go here for all the build-up and coverage of the 3pm kick-offs.


Chants of Jose Mourinho ring around the Britannia. Not clear if they are coming from the Stoke or United fans. Deep into stoppage time.


Butland saves again, this time denying Juan Mata after Wayne Rooney passed up the chance to shoot in the box. First time United have cut through Stoke but again they are denied.


Manchester United have run out of ideas and surely hope in their attempts to get back into this game. Looks like a fourth defeat in a row for Louis van Gaal. Can he survive this latest setback?


Jack Butland to the rescue just as Stoke were looking comfortable. Anthony Martial gets the ball middle of goal and he curls one goalwards and Butland pushes the ball for a corner.


Pereira's first involvement is to receive a booking for fouling Arnautovic as Stoke looked to break. A case of if the hosts will add to their lead, rather than if United will get a foothold as things stand.


Andres Pereira represents the final throw of the dice by Louis van Gaal. Ander Herrera the man replaced.


David de Gea tips away Bojan's cross from the edge of the six yard area. United's threat has certainly relented in the last 10 minutes and in truth bar Fellaini's effort from Rooney's cross, it is hard to think of a moment when Jack Butland has been forced into a desperation save. Hardly a response in the second half.

Mark Arnautovic
Arnautovic doubled Stoke\'s lead with a fine strike. Getty Images


Charlie Adam on for Geoff Cameron, who was never likely to last the full 90 minutes. Notable how Stoke's grip on the game has relented since the break up on their defensive midfield pair.


Into the last 20 minutes and United continue to press, with little success. Fellaini tees up Herrera on the edge of the box but as has been the way Stoke players throw themselves in the way of the effort. At the other end, Ashley Young denies Arnautovic the chance to make it three, cutting out a cross which had United in all sorts of bother.


An example of how threatening Stoke could be in this last quarter of the game as United continue to throw players forward in search of a way back into the game. Afellay draws defenders and surges to the edge of the box, feeds Arnautovic but cuts inside two players but can't get his shot away.


The visitors are having a lot of the ball but are becoming increasingly frustrated by a determined Stoke side and their goalkeeper Jack Butland. Mark Hughes will not be impressed with how the game has swung the way of United, though his side's two-goal lead does mean they can play on the counter.


United should have a goal back. Rooney wriggles away in the box and crosses for Fellaini who unmarked side-foots goalwards but Butland claws the ball away.


Bojan goes down in the United box as he appears to take a glancing blow from a United defender. Referee Neil Swarbrick, who overlooked a Anthony Martial dive in the first half, signals simulation and books the Spaniard. A tad harsh as it looked as though the Stoke man lost his feet as much as anything, and because of the inconsistency. United however need all the positives that can get.


Rooney straight into the action as he stands over a free-kick. He drifts the ball in, a cross which is held up in the wind and when Fellaini meets it he is adjudged to have handled the ball.


Wayne Rooney on for Manchester United as expected, with Memphis Depay off. Change for Stoke too as Mark van Ginkel replaces Glenn Whelan. Back under way at the Britannia.


Half time: Stoke City 2-0 Manchester United

Stoke add to the pressure on Louis van Gaal with two first half goals to lead at the Britannia Stadium. Bojan and Marko Arnautovic with the goals against the lacklustre visitors, who are without their captain Wayne Rooney - who will surely be introduced after the break. Mark Hughes' men have been impressive without being at their very best and they will feel good about keeping and adding to this lead after the break.


Stoke causing a lot of their own problems as quick United corners has them at sixes and sevens. First Depay and Martial combine and with Jack Butland looking set to claim the cross, Shawcross heads it from his own goalkeeper's grasp and behind. The subsequent set-piece is again headed behind by Shawcross into his own side-netting but the referee has seen an infringement so Stoke can breathe again.


Marko Arnautovic off the field having got treatment for a head injury following a coming together with Juan Mata. It looks like he will be ok to continue thankfully for Stoke.


United having a bit of a spell since the second goal, with Marouane Fellaini very much the focal point. Anthony Martial has pulled out into a wide right position with the hope of causing some problems for Erik Pieters. They do win a flurry of corners but they come to nothing.


Stoke should be out of sight here. Bojan plays Arnautovic clean through and he takes his shot early and fires wide of De Gea's goal. That could have been that and we're barely approaching half time.


Stoke fans are going though their full repertoire since going two up with "You're getting sacked in the morning" chants being directed towards Louis van Gaal. If this gets any worse for Manchester United that could become an increasing possibility for the Dutch coach.


Jack Butland keeps United from halving the lead almost immediately. Memphis Depay hits a free-kick from fully 30 yards which bounce in-front of the Stoke 'keeper, who keeps the ball out well before the ball falls the way of Marouane Fellaini who is in an offside position.