4-2-3-1 – De Gea To Return – Three Changes Mourinho Is Likely To Make For Stoke City Clash

Manchester United will be looking to make it four consecutive wins on the trot on Sunday when they face Stoke City at Old Trafford.

United go into the game on the back of a 1-0 victory of Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League whilst Stoke will be looking to claim their first victory of the new campaign.

Having made three changes to his starting eleven against Zorya Jose Mourinho is expected to name more familiar line-up against the potters with the likes of Sergio Romero, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, and Marouane Fellani all likely to be dropped.

The Portuguese is likely to adopt his much preferred 4-2-3-1 formation against Stoke City with four across the back, two central midfielders, two wide men, one in the number ten role and a lone forward up top.

Given a much needed rest against Zorya midweek David De Gea will return in between the sticks for United. Stoke have only managed to score 4 league goals thus far but still possess top quality players in Bojan Krkic, Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic and the Spaniard will have to be on full guard should he wish to keep the trio at bay.

At right-back Antonio Valencia is widely anticipated to make a return to the starting eleven for United replacing Timothy Fosu-Mensah. The Ecuadorian has excelled this season under Mourinho playing from right back and the Portuguese will no doubt look to use Valencia’s exhilarating pace to get in and behind the potters back line and deliver the ball into the box. Stoke have already conceded thirteen goals so far and Mourinho will be hopping that Valencia can provide the ball to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the likes to add to their defensive woes.

Following his excellent performance against Leicester City last Saturday at Old Trafford midfielder Ander Herrera is likely to start in the centre of midfield alongside Paul Pogba. The Spaniards quick movement on the ball combined with his ability to drive the team forward makes him a real asset for Mourinho and one which he will no doubt use against Mark Hughes men on Sunday.