New Years at Stoke

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In all honesty, 2014 was the hardest year for me as a United supporter. I am sure all United fans out there would agree. 2014 began with Moyes at the helm, and United at 7th spot in the league. In the next 4 months, Moyes hurt the United brand enough that a business decision had to be taken. I am not sure how many others felt the same conflicting desires for a win and a loss at the same time to get Moyes sacked in his last couple of matches. That my friends was one toughrine for me at the least.

And then came LVG.

We were able to get one of the most experienced managers out there although we were shorthanded as he only took charge after the World Cup ended. That was followed by some amazing transfer business that Edward Woodward managed to compltely redeem himself with the last two disasterous transfer windows. Blind, Di Maria, Falcao, Rojo, Luke Shaw, Herrera. And then came the injuries and suspensions. But tactical genius that LVG is, at tge end of the year United are at third place, 10 points behind Chelsea, on a 9 match unbeaten streak and players returning from injuries.

Brings us down to the next fixture away at Stoke, one of toughest in the league. Good news for United as di Maria, Luke Shaw and Herrera are back in training and Blind has already returned to the training last week. Di Maria is still out but Luke Shaw and Herrera could very well be on the bench. My prediction is for the same starting XI that played at Tottenham with Smalling probably replacing Evans.

Stoke's striker Bojan Krkic, Phil Bardsley. Stephen Ireland (knee), Victor Moses (thigh) and Pete Odemwingie (knee) are all out.

I expect a close game, one goal could be the difference in the end. Watch out for RVP to score as he had scored 10 goals in 10 games against Stoke.

My prediction 2-1 United.



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