Apologies for the slightly belated posting of this match thread: TBB is still collectively recovering from New Year's Eve, you see. On that note, happy 2015 everyone! Anyway, without further ado, here are the two teams for today's match at the Britannia Stadium:
#scfc Starting XI vs Man Utd: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Muniesa, Pieters; Walters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Arnautovic; Diouf, Crouch.— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) January 1, 2015
The big news for Manchester United is the inclusion of Luke Shaw, whose entry into the starting lineup in place of Antonio Valencia has seen Ashley Young nudged over to the right side. Ángel Di María isn't yet fit enough to return to the matchday squad, and is omitted entirely. Chris Smalling is back in defence alongside Jonny Evans and Phil Jones.