“Manchester United” in the last round scored a very important victory for themselves. On the road, the Sirians managed to beat Everton 2-0. This victory was interrupted by an unsuccessful series of four matches in a row. During this period, the Red Devils managed to fly out of the League Cup, losing 1: 2 to Bristol City, and also tied three times in the Premier League – with Leicester 2-2, Burnley 2-2 and Southampton “0: 0.
Although the reason for this unsuccessful game was a number of serious losses in the composition of Manchester United. The infirmary was gradually emptied. Now only Eric Bayi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Michael Carrick are injured. Will be serving the suspension of Ashley Young.
Stoke City played its last match unsuccessfully. Before the winter break, “potters” took “Newcastle” and unexpectedly lost 0: 1. Although in general, the finish of the first round of the team did not ask. Under the leadership of Mark Hughes, “Stoke City” suffered seven defeats in the last ten rounds. Points for this period, the “potters” managed to take only in home games with outsiders – Swansea 2: 1 and West Brom 3: 1, and also finishing a draw with Huddersfield 1: 1.
It is clear that such a performance was unlikely to suit the leadership of the club. The last straw, overwhelmed by his patience, was the defeat of Stoke City in the match for the FA Cup from the modest Coventry City. Mark Hughes was retired, and in his place was invited to Kevin Russell.