Man Utd have fallen further behind Man City after three stalemates in their last four games, but shouldn’t experience too many problems hosting a rudderless Stoke. Mark Hughes was dismissed after defeat to League Two side Coventry in the Cup, while the Potters have lost without scoring in four of their last six league outings. They’re likely to experience the same at Old Trafford, where United have won to nil in six of eight games hosting sides 8th or lower in the table.
The Potters hold a dismal record when travelling to top-six sides, losing seven of nine winless games since the start of last season. They conceded at least four times in six of the last seven of these, though none of them came against United, who under Mourinho are less likely to rack up the seven goals their city rivals managed this season, or even the five by Chelsea and Spurs. The Red Devils haven’t netted more than twice in any of their last 10 across all competitions, and with Ibrahimovic out injured and Lukaku lacking confidence, we’re backing the 2-0 correct score.
Jesse Lingard gave United the lead against Derby and has emerged as a vital cog in Mourinho’s team, showing impressive consistency of late. He’s now netted eight times in his last 10 appearances across all competitions, and having struck inside the last 10 minutes in three of United’s last four matches looks great value as last goalscorer.