Stoke appoint Paul Lambert as replacement for sacked Mark Hughes

Tricia Pearson
January 16, 2018

The win gives United 50 points from 23 matches this season, which trails only City's total of 62 in the Premier League. As one of three teams now on 47 points, Jose Mourinho's side can reduce the gap at the top to 12 points with a win over relegation-threatened Stoke.

"I have always wanted to challenge myself in the Premier League, just as every footballer in the world has", Bauer told his new club's official website. This is a side that has scored on average 2.2 goals a game at home and I would expect to see United score at least 3 tonight possible more.

Manchester United have been getting healthier over the past few weeks. Last week's FA Cup defeat to Coventry was a new low point of the season and it's now three games on the bounce the Potters have tasted defeat.

It is understood a Stoke delegation met Sanchez Flores in Barcelona on Wednesday and it had been reported that the 52-year-old Spaniard was offered a five-year contract. Hughes was relieved of his duties at Stoke City about 9 days ago leaving the cub with a life after Hughes to ponder.

But seven minutes before the interval, United's French winger Martial made it 2-0 with a sweet first-time finish after being set up by Paul Pogba.

Eric Bailly (ankle) Antonio Valencia (hamstring) and Ashley Young (suspended) are all still unavailable in defence with Zlatan Ibrahimovic (knee) and Michael Carrick (illness) both still struggling to regain full fitness.

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Stoke may have Erik Pieters and Bruno Martins Indi available after they have stepped up their recoveries from injury this week.

If those three players all return, only one Stoke player would be out through injury: Glen Johnson.

Their form under Mark Hughes this season led to the Welshman being sacked and the Potters went about looking for the right man to be only their third manager since they joined England's top tier. Yet Lukaku has continued to be involved in the build up; often being deployed furthest forward to lead the line and bring others into play.

Hello good evening and welcome to the last game of Match Day 23 in the English Premier League.

Coming into that game, Manchester United had won all their Premier League games and were preparing for a title race with Manchester City.

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