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Robin van Persie is set to return for Manchester United’s Barclays Premier League encounter with Stoke at Old Trafford.

The Holland striker missed the Champions League win over Real Sociedad with a combination of niggling injuries, but has recovered and could partner Wayne Rooney.

Danny Welbeck (knee) and Tom Cleverley (calf) are unlikely to figure as United look to record an 11th successive home win against the Potters.

Captain Ryan Shawcross and defender Geoff Cameron are Stoke’s major doubts ahead of Saturday’s trip to Manchester United.

Shawcross has not trained all week due to illness, whilst Cameron missed last week’s draw with West Brom after picking up a calf injury.

Mark Hughes’ men are looking to improve the paltry tally of four goals scored but Stoke have not won at Old Trafford since 1976 and have lost on their last 10 visits.

If Stoke City are to add to Manchester United’s Premier League concerns by winning at Old Trafford for the first time since April 1976 on Saturday, they may need to up their game in front of goal. Manager Mark Hughes has suggested that United appear “vulnerable”, but Stoke’s return of four goals in eight league games so far this season highlights the toothless approach which will perhaps leave them waiting another year to end their Old Trafford hoodoo.

Stat of the game: 9 Stoke City have lost more Premier League games against Man Utd than versus any other side.

Manchester United (Possible, 4-2-3-1): De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Evans, Evra; Carrick, Giggs; Valencia, Rooney, Nani; Van Persie.
Out: Fletcher (bowel condition).
Tests: Cleverley (calf), Ferdinand (groin/pelvis), Welbeck (knee).

Stoke City (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters; Walters, Adam, N’Zonzi, Assaidi; Ireland; Crouch.
Tests: Shawcross (illness), Cameron (calf).

Referee: Lee Mason (Matches 5 R1 Y16)

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