Manchester United suffered an eighth league defeat of the season, losing 2-1 at Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.
Goals either side of Robin van Persie’s 47th minute strike from Scotland international Charlie Adam secured a victory for Mark Hughes’ men, leaving United seven points off the top four, and fifteen behind league leaders Arsenal.
Manchester United bounced back from their Capital One Cup disappointment by beating bottom of the table Cardiff City 2-0 at Old Trafford yesterday evening.
The hosts took the lead on just six minutes through Robin Van Persie, who was making his first appearance since early December before doubling their advantage just ahead of the hour mark when Ashley Young fired in from 25 yards.
Manchester United will face Sunderland in the semi-final of this season’s Capital One Cup after beating Stoke City 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium yesterday evening.
Stunning second half goals from Ashley Young and Patrice Evra secured victory for David Moyes’ men, though at one point the game looked close to being abandoned though play was suspended only shortly during the first forty-five minutes.
David Moyes has no fresh injury concerns ahead of this evening’s Capital One Cup quarter final clash with Stoke City.
Darren Fletcher may again be involved after making his comeback in Sunday’s 3-0 win at Aston Villa.
Manchester City and Sunderland both went through to the semi-finals last night, while managerless Tottenham Hotspur host West Ham United in this evening’s other match.
Manchester United beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 at Old Trafford yesterday evening to finish top of Champions League Group A.
The Premier League champions struggled to match their opponents for large parts of the game, but it was the hosts who got the breakthrough on sixty-seven minutes, when Phil Jones volleyed in from a corner.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for St Etienne defender Faouzi Ghoulam, Sky Sports understands.
The 22 year old, who is also a reported target for AC Milan, has made sixty-four league appearances for the Ligue 1 side and despite being born in France, made his international debut for Algeria in a 3-1 win over Benin in the World Cup Qualifiers.
Manchester United twice came from behind to secure a 3-2 victory against Stoke City on Saturday afternoon, and remain in eighth place in the Premier League.
Peter Crouch scored a scrappy opener for the visitors on four minutes before Robin van Persie drew United level shortly before the break.
Manchester United are set to welcome back Robin van Persie for tomorrow’s visit of Stoke City, after the striker sat out of Wednesday’s win over Real Sociedad in a bid to recover from toe and groin problems.
Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck could also return after recovering from their respective injuries.
David Moyes has almost a fully fit squad to choose from for tomorrow’s trip to bottom of the table Sunderland.
The Champions only real injury concern is over centre-back Rio Ferdinand, who picked up a groin injury in last weekend’s defeat to West Bromwich Albion.
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