There are grumblings in Stoke with much being made of the squad manager Tony Pulis has assembled, but with the club hovering just three places above the trapdoor and with champions elect Manchester United bound for the Potteries there is no time to for internal arguments.
United, on the other hand, will be stinging from a derby loss to City and will be keen to restart their run of wins and wrap up the title as soon as possible. They may be doing so without Ashley Young, but a near full-strength Stoke will not worry them.
KICK-OFF: Sunday, 2.05pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Manchester United 4 (Rooney 2, Van Persie, Wellbeck) Stoke 2 (Rooney OG, Kightly), Premier League, October 2012
Manchester United 2 (Hernandez, Berbatov) Stoke 0, Premier League, January 2012
Stoke 1 (Crouch) Manchester United 1 (Nani), Premier League, September 2011
Stoke have won once in their last 13 Premier League outings.
Stoke have only picked up five league points since the turn of the year.
Van Persie has not scored for 10 games, and none of his 19 league goals have come between the 50th and 70th minutes.
Stoke have never beaten Manchester United in the Premier League.
Stoke to win: 6.8
Manchester United to win: 1.63
TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 2:05pm, highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm