The arrival of Juan Mata seems to give an extra motivational spirit for Manchester United as they successfully bagged all three points on their latest league fixture against Cardiff City last midweek, but another tricky task awaits for David Moyes' men as this Saturday, February 1 they are battling against Stoke City. Playing away at Britannia stadium can be a difficult match for Man United, but they don't have any alternative aside from grabbing all three points if they're still keen on maintaining their slight chance in challenging for title this season.
Stoke themselves won't be giving things up easily as they are also keen on snatching maximum result this weekend as a negative result could put them down in that bottom three seat of current standings. Playing in front of their home crowd, could provide that extra push that might help the host in putting on strong display this weekend.
Manchester United should really prepare for the worse possibilities, as their slight chance in joining current title race continue to get tougher after suffering a disappointing away defeat against Stoke. The home side got in front on 38 minutes from Charlie Adam' effort, but that lead was canceled out early in the second period by Robin Van Persie, who scored on 47 minutes. However, Adam completed his brace in that encounter with a wonderful effort on 52 minutes.