The club missed out on several other targets, including Quique Sanchez Flores, but confirmed that the former Aston Villa boss will be taking over on Tuesday, meaning Eddie Niedzwiecki will be in caretaker charge at Old Trafford.
The Potters have picked up just one win from their last eight matches and a humiliating FA Cup exit at the hands of Coventry City saw the Stoke hierarchy call time on Hughes’ reign as manager.
Manchester United have been beaten just twice at home in the Premier League – both times against Manchester City – since Jose Mourinho took up the reins at Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 and, so it is little surprise that the Red Devils are such strong favourites to take all three points from this clash; dabblebet offer just 1/5 (1.20) that United come out on top against the Potters.
Stoke are desperate for a positive result and they can be backed at 14/1 (15.0) with dabblebet to claim a shock victory against Mourinho’s men, while the same firm go 11/2 (6.50) that the Potters pick up a precious point from their visit to Manchester.
Antonio Valencia, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Michael Carrick are all set to miss out again for the hosts, while Eric Bailly continues his rehabilitation following surgery.
Dutch defensive duo Erik Pieters and Bruno Martins Indi are back in contention for the Potters and, should they come back into the side, it would represent a significant fillip for Stoke.
Stoke set for another struggle?
The Potters suffered a chastening 7-2 defeat at the Etihad Stadium when they visited Manchester earlier in the season and Stoke look set for another tough assignment when they go up against Mourinho’s side.
Indeed, the red half of the city have kept a clean sheet in 10 of the 13 matches that they have won on their own patch so far this season, so dabblebet’s 3/4 (1.75) quote for United to shut out Stoke may well prove to be popular with punters, as may the price of 5/6 (1.83) that the hosts win without conceding against the Potters.
The case for overs
Despite their struggles, there has been no shortage of goals in Stoke’s matches in recent months, with 10 of their last 13 matches producing at least three goals and dabblebet offer just 1/2 (1.50) that this particular play yields a profit for punters here.
The odds compilers also offer a tempting 21/20 (2.05) that there are goals at both ends – a selection that would have landed in each of the last three meetings between these teams.
Tips and predictions
Shot-shy Stoke, though, may struggle to make much of an impact at Old Trafford and, given the defensive discipline that Mourinho’s charges have shown on their own patch so far this season, value could lie in backing Manchester United to win to nil at 5/6 (1.83) with dabblebet ahead of Monday’s match at Old Trafford.