PICTURE: Potential 5-3-2 for Man Utd vs Stoke – Defensive duo return

Manchester United’s Christmas schedule comes to a close on Thursday, with a visit to Stoke City and a reunion with former United legend Mark Hughes. Louis van Gaal has complained about the packed fixture list on more than one occasion, so expect him to ring the changes here.

The back five will probably stay as its an away game, with Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw coming into the team in favour of Paddy McNair and Ashley Young, to give our makeshift left-back a bit of a rest.

Wayne Rooney will continue in midfield alongside the returning Ander Herrera and the ever present Michael Carrick. Juan Mata will get a break with Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie set to continue up front.

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