No One Can Believe That Stoke Have Appointed Paul Lambert As Manager

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Stoke's new manager Paul Lambert, appointed earlier on Monday to replace the recently sacked Mark Hughes, watched from the stands as Valencia put United ahead.

Manchester United come into this game knowing that for the first time all season Manchester City have lost and the Red Devils have an opportunity to close the gap at the top.

"But Mkhitaryan, he played the last match in the cup and probably will play the next one".

Manchester United have won 25 of a possible 27 points in Premier League home matches against Stoke City, with the only points dropped coming in this exact fixture last season (1-1).

Valencia, back from almost a month out with a hamstring injury, blasted a shot into the top corner with his weaker left foot to give United the lead in the ninth minute, and Martial curled in a first-time effort from the edge of the area for 2-0 in the 38th.

The announcement follows the recent sacking of Mark Hughes as manager following a terrible run of form.

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United could welcome right back Antonio Valencia to the side after the Ecuadorian was out of action due to a hamstring injury.

Stoke City have today confirmed former Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Paul Lambert as their new boss.

Three minutes later Maxim Choupo-Moting had a brilliant chance to draw Stoke level only for his goal-bound effort hit Phil Jones and rolled away for a corner. Stoke are 18th, have conceded 50 goals in 23 league games and Lambert looks to have a considerable job on his hands.

Such profligacy was always likely to haunt the visitors and so it proved when Martial added a second seven minutes before the break. Scroll down to see the Manchester United and Stoke teams.

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While a reaction can be expected from the Stoke players following the reality check which Hughes is alleged to have delivered in the dressing room of the Ricoh Arena, there's still a great fragility within this set of players.

Nemanja Matic joins Paul Pogba in midfield with Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata keeping their places in attack.

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