Manchester United vs. Stoke City: Lineups and live coverage

Matthew Lewis

It's Manchester United vs. Stoke City! David Moyes decides to leave our best players on the bench at the expense of some extra height and taking our tallest player off and, well, figure it out for yourself.

David Moyes leaves Adnan Januzaj, Rafael and Marouane Fellaini on the bench as Manchester United face Stoke City at home.

Chris Smalling at right-back is somewhat surprising - perhaps it's to lend more height to the side. Ferguson used to do this, but it seemed pointless and negative even then. And if we're lacking height, why is Marouane Fellaini, our best midfielder, on the bench?

Nonetheless, it'll be interesting to see how things develop. Cross your fingers that a midfield of Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley don't run into Steven Nzonzi too much.

Manchester United starting lineup: David De Gea; Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra; Nani, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa; Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie.

Subs: Anders Lindegaard, Rafael, Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj, Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, Javier Hernandez.

Stoke City starting lineup: Asmir Begovic; Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross (c), Robert Huth, Erik Pieters; Jonathan Walters, Wilson Palacios, Stephen Ireland, Steven Nzonzi, Marko Arnautovic; Peter Crouch.

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