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GK) David de Gea
de Gea looked shaky on crosses yet again last time out verses Cardiff, but managed to keep a clean sheet nonetheless. He’s a guaranteed starter when fit though, and will play against Stoke barring an injury.
The Brazilian is 100% fit, and provides his side with energetic thrust up the right flank, while being defensively solid, too. He does need to keep a lid on his temper though, and Stoke will look to wind up the feisty fullback.
DC) Chris Smalling.
Smalling did well against Cardiff, but has been criticised in the past for his lack of strength. Against Stoke, he will have to deal with the physical and aerial threat of Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters.
DC) Jonny Evans
Nemanja Vidic is suspended, and Rio Ferdinand is injured, meaning the Northern Irishman will almost definitely start at the back. He’s been United’s best defender this season, and has probably even established himself as a guaranteed starter.
DL) Patrice Evra
Evra’s deputy Alex Buttner has proven this season that he’s not really United quality, so despite Evra’s average recent performances, he should start on the left of a back four.