Stoke vs. Manchester United Preview: Mata Puts Man U Back Into The Spotlight

Updated: January 30, 2014
Manchester United- Juan Mata

All eyes are set on Juan Mata as Manchester United supporters await another spectacular performance from the highly recognized playmaker. Mata was one of the key figures behind the Red Devil’s convincing win against Cardiff. 


Match Date: 01 February 2014 (local time)

Venue: Britannia Stadium

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Stoke’s top brass, Mark Hughes lamented that “refereeing decisions” are one of the factors, which led to their disappointing defeat against the minnow, Sunderland.


Hughes reaction stemmed from the red card given to Steven Nzonzi after an (alleged) foul against Joey Altidore.


Stoke’s defeat to Sunderland resulted to a drop in the Premier League table, thus, putting their survival at risk. The club is now down to the 16th spot of the top-flight league and suffers from a poor form. The said loss was the Potter’s 3rd consecutive defeat and their 5th during their last six (6) matches.


On the other hand, the saddening situation did not prevent Hughes from praising his boys. The club’s head honcho even praised the squad’s “character and reaction” after the controversial call.


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Juan Mata’s entry to Old Trafford ignited Manchester United’s lost passion football. The former Chelsea playmaker debuted with a precise and accurate pass to Ashley Young, which lead to a clinical finish and sealed Cardiff’s fate.


Just when things seem to crumble in the Old Trafford, Mata has raised the bar higher in the squad’s quality of play. Phil Jones supported this idea via expressing his admiration for the new teammate. He added that the squad is keen on showing Mata that they are “one of the best teams” where he can show off his talents on the pitch.


After a dismal exit in the Capital One Cup, a renewed Manchester United spirit can be felt. Both the club and its supporters are hopeful for a much better performance in their succeeding matches.
Currently, the Red Devils showcase an impressive form, having won four (4) of their last six (6) matches.


Online betting’s top pick: Manchester United

For the second time around, expect Mata to feature in their upcoming match. Stoke has never won against Manchester United in eleven (11) of their twelve (12) matches and there is a possibility for them to suffer the same fate.



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