STATS: Rooney looks to break top flight record vs Stoke, as United aim for rare away victory

Ahead of Manchester United's Premier League clash with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, we bring you all the best Opta stats.

Manchester United look to extend their nine-match unbeaten run as they travel to Stoke City on New Years Day.

Here are the top five statistics ahead of the Red Devils' upcoming encounter:

6 - Manchester United currently have the upper hand over Stoke City, winning six of the club's last seven meetings. The Red Devils' only loss came when last season, as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium.

2 - The Red Devils have picked up just two victories on the road this season; a record Louis van Gaal will be looking to improve. Nevertheless, the Old Trafford outfit have won five and lost just one of their last seven away games in all competitions against Stoke.

10 - Robin van Persie has scored 10 goals in 10 Premier League appearances against the Potters, including four in five for Manchester United. Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney needs two more goals to become the first player in Premier League history to score 10-plus goals in 11 consecutive seasons. 

  TeamSeasonAppearancesGoals Scored
Robin van Persie Man Utd 2014-2015 18 8
Wayne Rooney Man Utd 2014-2015 15 8

13 - Stoke City have averaged more shots per game (13.4) in the Premier League than Manchester United (12.9). Meanwhile, the Potters have won the most aerial duels in the league per game (25.5) in the division, while their weekend opposition have won the least (13.6).

  Shots per GameAerial Duels Won per Game
Stoke 13.37 25.47
Man Utd 12.95 13.58

3 - The home side are looking to record three successive Premier League clean sheets for only the second time (after April 2010). When it comes to facing Manchester United, Stoke haven`t managed to prevent a goal since March 1983 - this clean sheet came thanks to a 1-0 victory.

  Goals ConcededClean Sheet
Stoke 23 4
Man Utd 19 6

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