Last Updated: 18/12/13 9:50pm
Stoke 0 Man Utd 2. David Moyes' men make their way into the Capital One Cup semi-finals. Focus switches back to the league for the Potters.
Jones over halfway. Ball then sent out to Valencia. Rafael still bombing forward, but United opt against sending over a cross. One pass too many in the end. Stoke can't get a hold of the ball and that should be about it.
Very ambitious effort from Adam. He lets fly from 35 yards out. Ball never troubles the target and De Gea can watch it flash harmlessly wide.
Crouch frustrated as he is forced wide and then sends a poor cross straight out of play as he spins onto his right foot. Groans in the stands. Home support know this isn't going to be their night.
United happy to keep hold of the ball and tease Stoke. Visitors are forced backwards, but always seem to have a man available. Jones then unable to loop a pass over the top for Young to latch on to.
United just about there now. Away support making all of the noise now. Hosts can't get a hold of the ball. United able to play across midfield. Fletcher looking to get involved as much as possible.
Young nutmegs Adam and is then blocked off. Free-kick to United wide on their left and they will be in no hurry to take it. When they do, they go short and backwards. Young then flicks the ball through to Sorensen.
Another decent delivery from Cameron, who has done well tonight. Evans has to dive towards his own goal to put the ball behind. He limps away holding his hamstring. Corner flicked out by Fletcher.
Panic in the Stoke box as Valencia crosses, but Hernandez can't force the ball home despite having two bites of the cherry. Stoke counter and Arnautovic forces a corner. Adam's delivery is cleared to Ireland on the edge of the box. His first-time effort sails into the stands.
Walter bumped off the ball by Young, who tracks all the way back to help out. United calm and composed at the back as they work the ball out to Rafael in space. Stoke chasing shadows a bit. Hernandez brings Fletcher into play in the final third, but he opts against a shot.
Walters can't force his way through on the edge of the box. Jones able to ride a challenge and run the ball out for United. Keep-ball from them until Evans drills long.
Stoke win a throw, but go backwards from it. United press and keep the Potters heading the wrong way. They need to get the ball forward quickly.
Welbeck makes his way off to be replaced by Fletcher. Good opportunity for the Scot to get some minutes under his belt and help to see this game out. Welcome change for the United followers.
United force another corner as they ready Fletcher for action. Young clips the ball in. Sorensen comes out to meet the delivery, but is caught underneath it. He is let off the hook as no-one is arriving round the back.
De Gea happy to start playing the clock and take as long as possible in getting rid of the ball. United can't keep hold of the ball, so Stoke still have hope. Cleverley then tripped by Adam.
That should be it now. Stoke haven't offered enough to suggest they are capable of getting two back. United will now look to shut up shop.
GOAL MAN UTD - EVRA. Amid all of the confusion, United get on with the game and double their lead. Young has Evra getting up alongside him and after entering the box he curls home with his right foot from 12 yards out.
Clattenburg in discussion with Hughes. Walters and Arnautovic also involved. Finally, Shawcross does make his way off. In a strange twists, Palacios is sent back on. Stoke changed their mind and Adam replaced Shawcross.
Shawcross hobbles from the field. No decision taken by Stoke as yet as to whether he will continue. Original change does take place, with Palacios making way for Adam.
Young leads a counter, hut needs support. He only has Hernandez up with him and needs to get his head up. He doesn't a cross is plucked out of the air by Sorensen. Shawcross now down and will require treatment.
More movement on the Stoke bench. Adam about to enter the fold. On the field, Walters is causing havoc again. Crouch chests into his path and he sees a volley deflect narrowly over the top. Corner is nodded out by Welbeck.
Pieters concedes a throw deep inside his own half. Rafael takes and then gets the ball back. He forces over a low cross, but Wilson can clear. Stoke can't get to halfway.
Corner has been given, with Pieters' cross taking a touch. Set-piece played too long, but Stoke gather. Pieters puts over another cross, which Smalling gets on the end of again for United.
Walters picked out on the by-line. He fires over a dangerous cross. Smalling facing his own goal, but does well to get the ball out. He was unchallenged, but had no way of knowing that. Arnautovic involved again. Ball finds Pieters, who dips over a cross which Walters is inches away from getting a touch on.
Evra looks to switch play to Welbeck on the right, but the ball skids off the turf and out for a throw. Stoke have Shawcross led them out from the back. He carries the ball a long way.
United unable to string passes together at the moment. They have been dominating possession and will not want to offer Stoke a route back into the tie.
Flag up against Walters. Stoke looking for a route back into the game. Arnautovic looking lively. Has offered more already than Assaidi did.
Young looking for a second. He is allowed to carry the ball a long way, before badly dragging a shot a long way wide. He claims he was clipped before firing wide, but gets nothing. Arnautovic looking to get Stoke going, but Smalling cuts out his cross.
Walters looking to bundle his way through. He is halted in his tracks and the loose ball runs kindly for De Gea. Stoke need to start forcing the issue. Arnautovic slides in a cross, which is cleared to Palacios. His poor shot trickles well wide.
Valencia racing down the right flank, but Palacios comes across to meet him and slide the ball behind for yet another corner. United now piling on the pressure. Young's latest delivery is met by Evans, forcing Sorensen into a smart stop, but the whistle has already gone.
Young takes again. Feeling much better about himself now. Better delivery, which Evra goes for. He doesn't agree with the decision to award a goal kick. Flare now going off in the stands.
Young shown a yellow card for his enthusiastic celebration which saw him join the travelling support behind Sorensen's goals. United looking for more as Shawcross has to slide in on Hernandez and concede a corner.
GOAL MAN UTD - YOUNG. Free-kick played into Young. He exchanges passes with Hernandez before crashing past Sorensen from 20 yards out. Power took it past the Stoke keeper.
Young fouled by Palacios. As we await the free-kick, Stoke make their first change. Assaidi, who has been kept very quiet, is replaced by Arnautovic.
Young back on set-piece duty. His latest effort is clipped into the box. Better idea, and Welbeck gets up really well in the middle. He loops a header over the top. Sorensen never troubled.
Hernandez's first involvement isn't the best as he fails to find Young on the left. Stoke forced into a hurried clearance and United get the ball straight back. They win a free-kick which is taken quickly. Valencia's drilled cross is put behind by Wilson.
Cleverley into Welbeck, but the ball bounces off him. Ireland finds Crouch. He slides a pass into Walters, but he can't control and the ball runs away from him. United then look to counter themselves. Game opening up slightly.
Hernandez sent on in place of Anderson. No surprise there as the Brazilian has been disappointing. United going with two up top, with Welbeck staying down the middle for now - dropping a little deeper.
Movement on the United bench. Hernandez being readied. Visitors in possession at the moment. Jones with a poor pass and then Evra handles. All a bit scrappy.
Pieters chips out to nobody. United now being invited forward. Rafael pushing on again. He cuts back to Jones, who hammers a badly over-hit cross out for a throw on the other side of the field.
Crouch unable to connect with another Cameron cross. Stoke upping the tempo. Fans sense it and raise the noise level. United pegged back slightly. Hosts need to make pressure tell. Whelan dives into a challenge on Evra and the visitors can slow things down again.
Whelan plays the way he is facing. Good idea as Assaidi is then sent down the left. Rafael goes with him and picks his pocket. United can only give the ball straight back to Stoke.
De Gea with a couple of ropey clearances - very aware of the conditions. He then comes off his line to gather a ball played over the top for Walters to chase. Rafael leads a United charge. Nice interplay in midfield, but Anderson then drags a terrible effort well wide of the target from 25 yards out.
Rafael inadvertently clears into the path of Whelan. He has space to move into and try his luck from distance. Not the best strike he will ever hit, as he slices high, wide and not very handsome. Sums the game up so far.
Welbeck in behind Pieters. He looks to cut back and the ball rolls into the path of Valencia. His shot from the edge of the box is deflected behind. Cleverley's corner is met by Evra, but he sends a looping headers over the crossbar.
Crouch touches into the path of Ireland. Jones with a high boot, which he gets away with. Stoke remain in possession. Pieters then gives the ball away. Palacios pulled up for hand ball.
Space for Cameron to move into. He is allowed to turn onto his left foot and bend over a cross. Ireland unmarked at the back post, but can't grow enough to get anything on the delivery - which runs behind.
Game needs a spark from somewhere. Very few chances so far. Game there to be won for whoever wants it the most. Expect changes if things stay as they are. Neither manager will want extra-time at this stage of the season.
Throw to United on their left. Stoke get the ball back and find the chest of Crouch. He lays off to Ireland, and the hosts go from right to left. Assaidi unable to keep the ball in play.
Young chases a lost cause down the left wing, with Shawcross able to shield the ball behind. Conditions a bit more manageable now. Sorensen actually able to clear halfway!
Jake Willis says: "United need to bring on another attacking option, maybe Kagawa or Chicharito? 4-3-3 does't seem to be working well for us at the moment. I still predict a close cut game. 2-1 United, maybe extra time."
Harry Somner says: "What happened to our brilliant signing Zaha? Bring him on and get Young off! Why doesn't Moyes give him a chance?"
Michael Connolly says: "Not the best performance from Utd. I think Stoke to take the lead on 49 mins from Crouch then in stoppage time Adam to come on and seal the win to put it Stoke 2-0 Man Utd."
Finney says: "The Potters will sneak this 1-0, Crouch! From sunny Colorado. The heart of the Rockies!"
Daniel Jones says: "Young needs to go now. Bring on Zaha. Boring game, as you expect at Stoke. COME ON UNITED!!"
Remember you can also bet in-play at Skybet.com. Stoke are now 4/1 to get the job done, with United 6/5 and the draw 11/8. You can get United to win 2-0 at 9/1.
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Stoke 0 Man Utd 0. All square at the interval. Break in play for hail the only real incident of note so far.
Much better delivery, from Cleverley. He picks out the head of Jones. His nod down falls to Evans, but the ball breaks off his thigh and through to Sorensen. Better touch and he would have had a clear sight of goal.
United calmly out from the back. For the record, Palacios is back on the field. He will have to defend a corner as Valencia makes inroads and fires a cross off a combination of Shawcross and Wilson.
Cameron with a great cross from the Stoke right which is inches away from Walters. Assaidi gathers, is crowded out, but Stoke win a free-kick 25 yards from goal, just left of centre. Whelan fancies it. He takes, but fires over the top. De Gea untested.
Play back under way. Walters wins an aerial battle with Evra, but fails to gather his own flick. Rafael then sprung down the United right again. He whips over a dangerous cross which Shawcross is able to shepherd into the hands of Sorensen.
Palacios down after a tangle with Cleverley. He won a free-kick for a tug on his shirt, but now requires treatment. Hughes getting another message across to his players. Palacios holding his stomach. Is now back on his feet.
Rafael twists and turns on the right, cutting the ball back onto his left foot. He floats over a cross, but every United player has gone near post and the ball lands safely in the arms of Sorensen.
Shawcross fortunate to get away with holding at the last United corner. Clattenburg has had words. Maybe he's giving him one strike. If so, he now needs to be careful. United pressing again at present.
United still looking to play their way out. When Evans dinks the ball forward, it breaks kindly for Cleverley. He goes left, where Evra is crowded out. United go backwards and start again.
Positive burst from Valencia, and he wins another corner. Young won't take this one. No better from Anderson as he curls the ball low to the near post. Easily hack back down field to De Gea.
Evans bundles the ball out for United. Anderson then looks left for Young. Yet again he over-hits his pass badly and it sails out for a throw. His radar has been well off at times tonight.
Misplaced pass from Smalling, which he has to look at making amends for. He is let off the hook as Ireland halts a run which would have carried him into possession. Valencia with a heavy touch which allows Pieters to clear.
Ireland back to Whelan, who goes to Wilson, and then to Sorensen. Frustration in the stands. Stoke then do go direct, but Assaidi sees the ball skid off the turf and away from him down the right flank. Ireland gets the ball back, but Evra slides in to block a Walters cross.
Sorensen, again, goes long. Crouch can't get a touch. Head tennis until Young half-volleys the ball forward. It runs through to the Stoke keeper. This time Crouch can set something in motion.
Sorensen clears his lines. Jones snapping away in midfield and sends United forward. Rafael looks to get beyond Valencia again, but settles for a throw. Pieters then wins a free-kick off Valencia, while sat on his backside.
Young pursued by Cameron down the United left. Winger hits the deck after having his legs taken from under him. Free-kick to the visitors out side. Young with another wasted delivery which bends out for a goal kick. Surely he won't be allowed to take any more?
Shawcross goes low this time towards Ireland. He looks to flick on down the middle. He might not get a touch, but the ball runs through to Assaidi. He is in behind, but is also offside.
Cleverly nods the set-piece back out to Assaidi. Flag goes up as he gathers. De Gea drills long, wind-assisted from his end. Stoke get the ball back, but Ireland sold short. He battles away in midfield.
Right, let's try again. United with a corner once Clattenburg has returned the ball to them. Young takes. Poor effort again which is hammered away at the near post. Ball back with De Gea. Walters then whips over a great cross towards Crouch, which Smalling has to put over the top.
Game suspended for five minutes. Crazy, but at least we should get some more football shortly. Nowhere for the fans to hide, who are doing their best to make plenty of noise and keep warm. Ground staff now working on the pitch.
Conditions aren't great, but they haven't been all night. Game was stopped as referee and players were struggling to see in the hail, but that has now stopped. Stoke subs out on the field.
Walters begrudgingly makes his way down the tunnel, just as the hail and rain starts to ease. It did come down very heavy for a moment, but taking the players off the field seems a bit unnecessary. Temporary halt in proceedings.
Stoke players eager to play on. United not so keen. Clattenburg has taken his ball and jogged down the tunnel. He's not playing any more. Walters not happy as he trudges slowly off the field.
Should be back soon as hail has eased. Clattenburg trying to explain himself. Players huddled in the dugouts.
Crouch on to Walters, who has runners right and left. Too many options, maybe, as he fires a pass intended for Ireland out for a throw. Rain getting heavier as Welbeck charges into the box. He has no support, but can win a corner.
Evra well forward. He forces the ball into a useful area eight yards from goal. No-one in a United shirt gambles and Stoke can clear. Evra not amused. He has every right to ask the question as he worked hard to get the ball over.
Much better from Stoke as they look more confident. Shawcross then looks to fire long, and the ball starts coming back at him! Not the best idea. Valencia found on the United right, but Palacios cuts out his cross.
Stoke taking a few chances at the back. Cheers from the home support as Sorensen sidesteps Welbeck. Risky, but they get away with it. Stoke enjoy a period of possession and send Walters down the right. His early cross is glanced away from Crouch by Smalling.
Sorensen with another goal kick which fails to make halfway. Cleverly goes long towards Welbeck, but Shawcross is there for Stoke. Hosts can't get out of their own half. Cleverley battles away and then scuffs a tame shot from a tight angle at Sorensen.
Assaidi pops up on the right for Stoke, and lays back to Ireland. His cross is seen out, as is another effort from Ireland. Stoke remain on the front foot and Evra has to dive to nod a whipped cross from Pieters behind. Stoke denied a corner as Walters pulled up for a push on Evra. Harsh call.
Anderson finds a yard on the edge of the box. He takes a touch to set himself and then drills low from 20 yards out. Sorensen called into action, but he makes a comfortable save down to his left. Not a lot for either keeper to do so far.
Space for Young on the left. He looks to beat Cameron, but is happy to let the ball flick behind for a corner. Young takes himself. His delivery is fired long and all the way through the box. Very poor. Gave those in the middle no chance.
Anderson unable to slip past Cameron, who sticks to the task and wins a throw. Ball in the air until Assaidi gets hold of it. Jones across to meet him and slow him down. He tries to find Crouch, but he can't gather.
Hughes braving the elements on the touchline to get his message across. He will be happy enough so far. On the field, Evans leads United out again from the back. Young on the deck again, but settles for a throw.
Crouch touches on to Whelan, who goes left to Assaidi. He cuts inside onto his right foot, as he did recently against Chelsea, but this time is unable to find the top corner. His latest effort sails high into the crowd.
Crouch dropping very deep to get involved, and win a throw inside his own half. He then has to check to meet the throw as it gets held up in the wind. Welbeck sent chasing down the United left, but trips Palacios after failing to win a corner.
Evra digs out a cross, which is met by Cameron. Assaidi can then lead a Stoke charge. United have men flooding back. No way through. Cleverley then gathers, gets his head up, but has nothing to aim at. Welbeck isolated and well marshalled.
Rafael breaking past Valencia, but his cross from the right is blocked. Ball ends up back with De Gea. He goes short to Evans. Stoke working hard, just need to keep hold of the ball better and pose more of a threat.
Young's reputation going before him there? Cameron challenged from behind. Theatrical from the United winger. Back in the present, Shawcross takes no risks as he hammers into the stands. Sorensen was an option, but he didn't fancy it.
Cleverley with a loose pass, but the ball runs kindly for Jones. United unable to keep possession. Stoke then squander it to Jones, but are quickly back in pursuit of the ball. United go left to Evra. Young then takes a tumble, but is waved back to his feet.
Crouch can't gather a pass hooked forward by Whelan and Evans has it back. Movement in front of him from Anderson. Good work from Wilson as he forces United to go all the way back to De Gea and start again.
Cleverley bundled over by Palacios. Taken quickly, but back to Evans. Patient build-up from United. Stoke happy to let them have the ball inside their own half. Ireland then comes to press Evans, and concedes a throw.
Cameron prepared to push forward from full-back. He combines with Walters 20 yards from goal and has a go with his left foot. His effort is always rising and sails into the stands. Better from the hosts as they carved United open with relative ease.
Jones walks the ball out for United, before Rafael gives it away again. Crouch concedes a throw. Anderson injects some pace into United, but Stoke have plenty of men back. Door remains bolted.
Walters out to Ireland, who does well to hook over a cross from the right. Rafael stoops to nod clear in the middle. Stoke throw just inside the United half. Walters works the ball well inside, but Whelan gives it away.
Smalling able to clear from in front of Assaidi and Rafael allows the ball to run out on halfway. Stoke go all the way back to Sorensen. His clearance is held up in the wind. United get it back, but again Anderson asks too much of Young down the left flank.
Palacios forces Shawcross back towards his own goal. He has to turn and concede a throw deep inside his own half. United work the ball from left to right, and then backwards. Stoke pull 10 men behind the ball.
Evra back with us. Stoke go down their left, but Crouch moves too early and is flagged offside. United go short again on the edge of their own box. Stoke looking to press. Risky from the Red Devils. Pressure pays off as a stray pass slips out for a Stoke throw.
Evra down holding his knee. Doesn't look too happy. He challenged for a high ball with Walters and hit the ground hard. Maybe a bit of a twist. He is back on his feet and will try to carry on. Should be one he can run off. Buttner out to warm up - ever hopeful.
Good effort by Young, who was teed up by Welbeck. The ball sat up nicely for him and the away support thought he had found the target as the net rippled. Scores still level. Anderson fires a wayward pass out for a goal kick. Put far too much on it.
Sorensen hammers long. Crouch touches on, but the flag - flapping wildly in the wind - goes up. United look to play their way out from the back. Evans scrambles up to halfway, then plays a loose pass. Anderson gets the ball back and it is worked to Young. His strike from a tightening angle hits the side-netting.
Whelan delivers towards the near post. Ireland tries to glance on, but gets nothing on the ball. Moment to forget for Palacios as he knocks the ball out for a throw on halfway unchallenged. Valencia then pulled up for a foul on Wilson.
Shawcross with a couple of early prods forward. Crouch able to get something on the second, and Walters battles bravely with Evra to win a free-kick wide on the Stoke right. Promising position.
Moyes and Hughes looking relaxed as they make their way towards the bench. Probably happy that they have shelter, with conditions getting worse. Pre-match formalities almost complete.
Teams are in the tunnel so we will have to leave the feedback there for now. There will be further opportunities to have your say at half-time and at the final whistle.
Chris Green says: "In spite of United winning their last match easily, I don't think this evening's will be as straightforward. Stoke always provide the visiting team with a test and United maybe intimidated by the fanatical home support. Let's just hope that the Red Devils can march on to victory despite the tense atmosphere created by the Potters' fans. Prediction: Stoke 1-4 Man Utd."
Stein Erik Finne, tuning in from Norway, says: "Important game for both teams, but maybe for a bit different reasons. Still a long way to go in the PL, but United are really struggling atm. We Stoke fans don't have quite just the same expectations, but we showed against Chelsea recently that we can beat the top teams on a good day. My prediction: The Mighty Potters 2, MUFC 1"
Wet and windy night in the Potteries. No excuse for either side as they will both have to handle the conditions as well as each other. Pitch will definitely be slick and the ball needs to be kept on the floor as anything in the air will be blown all over the place.
Ryan Cook says: "I can see Crouch causing problems for United. But why not Zaha, Welbeck and Nani up front? 4-2 United."
United boss David Moyes has revealed that Wayne Rooney has been left out tonight because he is nursing a knock. No indication as to how serious the problem is.
Focused on footie says: "I can see Stoke causing Man United problems tonight with the long ball, United's defence has been frail recently."
Sean Povey says: "Disappointed more fringe players aren't starting, seems Moyes is serious about the Capital One Cup. 2-1 United though."
Daniel Jones not so happy, saying: "Why on earth are Anderson and Young playing? Does he want to lose this match? And this insistence of playing Jones in midfield, why!? Moyes, you really need to stop messing around with these stupid notions. Young and Anderson are atrocious players and shouldn't even be wearing that United shirt."
Ben Gleeson is optimistic, saying: "Just got in and checked the team news. I was originally very disappointed that Kagawa and Zaha aren't starting, but then I have been very pleasantly surprised by seeing Moyes finally play 3 in midfield. I have been crying out for this for ages, our midfield just isn't strong enough to only have 2 in there. Really excited to watch how this pans out."
Steve Smith, in Paris, sees Stoke edging through. He says: "Big game for both team, can see Stoke winning this 3-2."
Jake Willis thinks this is a big game for the visitors, saying:" It's vital that United keep up their current run of form and build momentum if we have any chance of winning trophies this season. I don't think the Capital One cup will be a priority on Moyes' mind with the gap we have to close in the Premier League, but it would be nice to win it, after all it is a trophy although sometimes overlooked by the fans of the bigger teams! I'm looking forward to the game but the absence of Rooney from the squad worries me. He's led by example this year, a true talisman. Whatever happens it'll be a close match. I predict 2-1 United."
Jackson says: "I think could go United's way provided we get performances from Valencia, Cleverley and Welbeck otherwise Stoke will make it tough for them so our defenders need to be focused throughout the game."
Darragh McLarnon sees one man dominating, saying: "Hopefully United win, a 3-0 win but a tight match. Welbeck scoring them all!"
Joshua Eley thinks we could be in for another goal-fest, saying: "I think it will be a replay from the previous game with United winning 3-2."
Man Utd team: De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Cleverley, Jones, Anderson, Young, Welbeck. Subs: Johnstone, Chicharito, Nani, Fletcher, Buttner, Zaha, Kagawa.
Stoke team: Sorensen Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Walters, Palacios, Ireland, Whelan, Assaidi, Crouch. Subs: Begovic, Muniesa, Pennant, Jones, Arnautovic, Adam, Wilkinson.
You can bet in-play throughout the game at Skybet.com. Stoke start as outsiders at 7/2, with United 4/5 and the draw - which would take us past the 90-minute mark - 11/4. You can get 14/1 on Stoke to prevail on penalties.
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United, in contrast, have already seen off top flight rivals Liverpool and Norwich to make it into the last eight.
Stoke have seen off Walsall, Tranmere and Birmingham to make it this far, so are facing Premier League opposition for the first time.
United will be wary of facing a similar threat tonight, but have got back on track themselves of late - with back-to-back successes secured in European and domestic competition.
The result directly before that run started was a 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford, with the Potters having pushed United all the way in front of their own supporters.
Stoke have been moving in the right direction of late, suffering only one defeat in their last eight games in all competitions.