It’s 2011 and that can only mean one thing, Manchester United’s performances are set to get better.
Stoke travel to Old Trafford to face the most in-form team in the league, and a resurgent Wayne Rooney who finally scored from open play for the first time this season against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Blackburn were on the end of a 7-1 hiding at Old Trafford earlier in the season and Stoke may well be on the end of a similar score line on Tuesday night.
Unsurprisingly, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are the very short 1/4 favourites to beat Stoke and punters will struggle to find any value in backing Man Utd for the outright win.
Stoke have never beaten Man Utd in the Premier League either at Old Trafford, or the Britannia and the 1/2 for Man Utd to be winning at half time and at full time offers a little more value.
It remains to be seen if Wayne Rooney can regain his goalscoring touch, but his first goal in open play since March 2010 will have boosted his confidence no end and the England striker is 5/2 to get the first goal.
Stoke have conceded 14 times in five games against Man Utd in the Premier League and Tuesday’s game may be a case of just how many the Red Devils will score.
A 3-0 win would go with the average and is priced at an incredibly short 6/1.
However a resurgent Rooney and an in-form Dimitar Berbatov could mean a romp for United and 5-0, 6-0 and 7-0 are all priced at 20/1, 33/1 and 40/1 respectively.
Stoke have managed just one goal against Man Utd in the league and a clean sheet looks on the cards for Man Utd.
A £10 stake on Rooney netting a hat-trick would return £130. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.