Date: 1st February 2014 at 3:05am
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United’s pursuit of fourth spot continues today with a trip to the Britannia Stadium to face one of the most physical sides in the Premier League. All eyes will be on new signing Juan Mata but as the recent win over Cardiff showed, it could well be Robin Van Persie that’s the difference between the two sides.

A win over Mark Hughes’s Stoke could prove vital and following United’s win here in the Capital One Cup with a weakened side, there’s every reason for the Reds to be confident.

Here’s my predicted XI for the trip to Stoke:

David De Gea, Rafael, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Patrice Evra, Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher, Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia, Robin Van Persie.