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Jose Mourinho's side will look to maintain their perfect start to the new Premier League season as they head to the bet Stadium to face Mark Hughes' Potters. Certainly history suggests United will not find it easy at the bet Stadium.
Stoke are unbeaten in their last four home Premier League games against Manchester United, while Hughes has also frustrated Mourinho in their last three meetings. However, this United side looks to be made of stronger stuff than their recent teams and the addition of Romelu Lukaku has given their attack a new dimension.
The Reds have been exemplary at the back too, with David de Gea yet to concede this season. So what sort of challenge will Stoke pose? A hostile crowd is, of course, a given but their form so far this season suggests they could well provide a stern examination of United's title credentials.
City went down at Everton on the opening day but have since beaten Arsenal at home before taking a valuable point from their trip to West Brom. Whether this optimism translates into a successful season remains to be seen, but we should know more about both sides' respective ambitions by the end of the 90 minutes on Saturday.
Stoke City v Manchester United: Key stats Stoke are unbeaten in their last four home Premier League games against Manchester United W2 D2 since losing four of their first five between and Coming in to this matchday, Manchester United will have ended 27 days at the top of the Premier League table this season — more than the total of the previous four seasons combined 16 days.
The Red Devils have scored four goals from substitutes so far this season; more than any other Premier League team Martial x2, Rashford and Fellaini. In , they only scored six goals through subs in 38 games.
Mourinho has lost his fourth league match of the season in four of the last five seasons W1 , with his first defeat as Manchester United boss coming on the fourth Premier League matchday against Man City last season.
Romelu Lukaku has scored 16 goals and assisted two more in his last 18 Premier League appearances. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has provided five assists in his first three Premier League games this season.
Only two players have provided six assists in their first four Premier League apps of the season — Thierry Henry in and Cesc Fabregas in Another summer signing, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, is a doubt after picking up a hamstring problem while on international duty with Cameroon. Two further ex-United stars, Darren Fletcher and Mame Biram Diouf, are both hoping to be available despite knee problems.
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For United, Marcus Rashford could be recalled to the starting line-up after his goalscoring turn as a substitute in the win over Leicester and impressive exploits for England. Luke Shaw ankle is nearing a return following five months on the sidelines, but Ashley Young hamstring will not feature.