Manchester United will be looking to get back to winning ways as speculation looms over Louis Van Gaal’s future at the club.
United are winless in 6 league and cup games, and it’s their worst run of form since December 1998 – the year where they won the historic treble.
The pressure on Van Gaal has increased since the sacking of former Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho. Media have speculated enough about Jose and even Pep Guardiola taking over Manchester United, and this has made Van Gaal furious.
Van Gaal walked away from the reporters, as noted by BBC, after just 5 minutes of interviews. He also revealed that he is only doing the rounds because of Premier League rules.
“We are not in a good position but four weeks ago we were first in the Premier League, and in four weeks’ time we can be back in that position again,” Van Gaal told Goal.com.
“I only say now I am focused on Stoke City. I help my players.”
As he left, he told the reporters, “I wish you a Merry Christmas and maybe also a Happy New Year when I see you. Enjoy the wine and a mince pie. Goodbye.”
Stoke City, meanwhile, have slowed down after an impressive run of five wins in seven games. They have won only once in their last four games though, but that win came against Manchester City in an impressive performance.
Stoke have been poor at home this season having lost four games already and their tally of 14 goals makes them joint lowest scorers with Aston Villa.
Stoke City will be without Peter Crouch and Geoff Cameron, while United’s midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger serves the final game of his ban.
Stoke City v Manchester United, Barclays Premier League
Date: Saturday, 26 December, 2015
Time: 3 PM GMT
Venue: Britannia Stadium, England
Live Stream: Stream2U