PICTURE: Potential 4-4-2 diamond formation for Man Utd vs Stoke – Herrera starts

Manchester United kick off the New Year with a potentially tricky trip to the Britannia Stadium on New Years Day, as Mark Hughes’ side will be looking to get one over on his former employers. Stoke away is always a huge test for any side due to the Potters’ combative style of play, and no doubt we’ll be in for another stern test this time around.

Louis van Gaal is clearly not happy about the busy schedule around Christmas time, and for that reason I expect him to make changes wherever possible. Luke Shaw and Rafael could both come back into the starting line-up in defence, as could Chris Smalling who has recently returned from injury.

The rat of the team is pretty much the same as last time out, with the only other exception being Ander Herrera who’ll add some much-needed bite to the midfield.

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