Premier League Predictions: Liverpool vs. Man City, United vs. Stoke

The three Premier League forward that Manchester United are looking at this month

The three Premier League forward that Manchester United are looking at this month

"The date for him to be back to training with the team was around the end of January or beginning of February, so let's hope his feelings are better and we have him as soon as possible".

During this period, United suffered their worst defensive performances of the season, conceding two at Leicester and at home to Burnley, accounting for a quarter of all goals conceded thus far this season.

The Armenian was one of Mourinho's first signings in the summer of 2016 but inconsistency has blighted the playmaker since he joined from Borussia Dortmund for £26.3million.

Though, the player is struggling to get back in full flow this season and looks to have been sidelined in recent weeks. Still, if the right player comes along, and at a steal of a price, you have to pull the trigger on executing the transfer buy.

If United do land the signing of Alexis Sanchez, it is unknown if he would be a replacement for the missed signing of Perisic from last summer, or whether he then makes next summer's transfer activity that little bit easier.

Stoke are winless in their last three Premier League clashes, and sit in the relegation zone, but many fans believe the sacking of Hughes is the overhaul necessary to reinvigorate their season.

Mourinho sees Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as wide attackers hence the interest in Vardy and Mahrez. "If in the winter market you do something, you have to do something that stop you to it again in the summer".

Stoke City are winless in their last 17 trips to Manchester United in all competitions (D2 L15), since a 1-0 win in April 1976.

First-team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki is currently in charge of affairs after Hughes' assistant Mark Bowen also left the club.

Sanchez is undoubtedly the most exciting of the three - although also the least likely. Stoke might be in a poor moment, but they have at least showed they are able of surprising big Premier League sides.

Ryan Shawcross could face his former club after making good progress from a calf injury, while new capture Moritz Bauer is expected to make his debut at right-back after completing his switch from Rubin Kazan.

It was a result that allowed the 20-time English champions to move back above Chelsea into second position, and that stands entering this weekend's round of fixtures.

And now the Reds are prepared to spend a portion of the massive fee earned on Philippe Coutinho's sale to clinch the Arsenal forward.

Unfortunately for Stoke, several defenders remain injured, including Erik Pieters, who is a doubt because of a tight hamstring, according to Metro's Avinash Bhunjun.

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