Stoke could hurt Manchester United with a set game plan at Old Trafford this evening.
Manchester United will head into their home match against Stoke City as the favourites to back up the impressive 3-0 win at home against Hull.
The victory against the Tigers was one of United’s most comfortable results this season and Louis van Gaal will be determined for his side to back up the result and put another three points on the board in the quest for Champions League football.
The stats suggest Stoke can be competitive but United have proven to be more precise in attack this season, which is one of the reasons for their higher league position.
Where Stoke will more than likely try to get at United and hurt them is in terms of aerial challenges and tackling.
Stoke have always been strong aerially, but they break up the play well, distribute wide effectively and try to make the most of that aerial strength with balls coming into the box.
United are ahead in terms of the number of accurate passes they’ve played, which suggests they should be able to shift the ball on quickly and easily, to prevent players from being targeted by heavy challenges from the Stoke defence and midfield.
United certainly can’t be complacent because there are areas they could struggle, but they should have enough leadership and quality to ensure they aren’t caught napping.