MANCHESTER UNITED VS STOKE CITY - PREVIEW
It's the opposite fixture to the game where we'll find out if Zlatan can really do it on a windy night in Stoke . Unfortunately we'll have to wait until January to finally have that question answered, until then we'll have to make like former player, current pundit and current most boring man in the world and be "unconvinced by Zlatan". @ Michael Owen, not me please. Genuinely baffled by this latest musing from the cover boy for this, the Michael Owen derby.
Before we make this preview all about Zlatan, let's not forget that United are back to high scoring ways and from the point of view of the artist nominated to draw every goal (hello), it's been a really, really refreshing change to have 4 different goal scorers. Long may it continue!
So, round 7 and at the time of writing United are 6th and breathing down the necks of four of the other #giftofagoal artists necks (they're being a good bunch and not mentioning it much). United play 19th placed Stoke City who, at a stones throw away from the bottom of the table, are being increasingly described as unlucky rather than just plain struggling. Hughes will probably keep his job even if United hand them a battering as their chairman seems to see no issue with the Potter's manager's strategy of just losing games.
Sounds like it could be doubly good news for United then! After two wins (4-1 against Leicester in the Premier League and 1-0 against Zorya in the Europa League) United could be on the verge of finding form, coupled with a struggling opposition and home support, fans could be forgiven for expecting liquid football.
Providing Rooney is nowhere near the starting eleven. Or the bench. Or Old Trafford. (No agenda here).