United have struggled to victory in their previous two trips to the Britannia, reliant on a late Carlos Tevez winner in 2008 and dependent upon half-time substitute Ryan Giggs to change the game last year, but go into Sunday's tie in goalscoring mood as the joint second top scorers in the league, with 18 goals notched up in eight games. However, the Red Devils aren't exactly miserly at the back having conceded 11 times this season, with recent cock-ups costing Ferguson's charges points at home to West Brom, and with four disappointing draws from their previous six games, United are far from their best - an issue compounded by the controversy of this week. Stoke Probable starting XI: Sorensen; Huth, Shawcross, Faye, Collins; Pennant, Delap, Diao, Etherington; Walters; Jones Man Utd Probable starting XI: Van der Sar; Rafael, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes, Nani; Berbatov, Hernandez
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