Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Stoke v Man United
Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Manchester United's trip to Stoke in the Premier League on Saturday
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Stoke City to hold Manchester United to a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Devils head into the game looking to return to winning ways after the disappointment of their 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford last weekend.
Manchester United will be keen to get back to winning ways after the draw, as it left them in sixth place in the Premier League table and 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.
However, former Liverpool man Lawrenson is tipping the Potters to claim a point against the Red Devils on Saturday afternoon.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “I don’t see the issue with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho going a little bit route one as his side came back to earn a point against Liverpool last weekend.
“If you have got Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marouane Fellaini, who are both really good in the air, then you use them to get your team a goal.
“Mourinho is the manager, and too often managers are criticised for not having a ‘Plan B’. He had one, and he used it because ‘Plan A’ was not working.
“This is another tough game for United, though.
“Stoke were one of the teams to frustrate them at Old Trafford before Christmas when they were drawing a lot of home games, and I can see them sharing the points again on Saturday.”
After a shaky start under new boss Jose Mourinho, Manchester United have been much improved in recent weeks and are currently on a 16-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
The Red Devils moved quickly to appoint Mourinho as the club’s new manager back in May.