The pressure continues to mount on Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal after his Red Devils collapsed to their fourth successive defeat in all competitions and their third straight in the Premier League as they were handsomely beaten 2-0 by Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Boxing Day. Goals from Bojan and Marko Arnautovic did the damage as Stoke were comfortably the better side on the day and were very much deserving of their win.
Van Gaal looked like he was tempting fate as he named his starting eleven, leaving skipper Wayne Rooney on the bench, replacing the England striker with Ander Herrera, who dropped into the no.10 role behind the striker with Marouane Fellaini continuing to partner Michael Carrick in central midfield. Juan Mata was in his typical free role on the right wing, while Memphis Depay was cutting in from the left. Anthony Martial was tasked with leading the line for United.