Manchester United are fresh from a week of hot weather training and relaxation in Dubai, while Stoke on the contrary faced the week from hell, bowing out of the FA Cup at the hands of fourth-tier Coventry City and sacking manager Mark Hughes as a result. He famously said that City "buy fullbacks for the cost of strikers" in regards to their summer spree that resulted in well over £100m being spent on Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy, and Danilo.
Of course, it's more probable that Mkhitaryan will end up back at Dortmund, perhaps on loan until the end of the season, or maybe even in Serie A with Inter Milan, who are reported to be interested.
Jose Mourinho confirmed today that there was something up with the player at least, but he did explain that the player could not be happy with his condition.
"He consulted a Doctor and we made the decision to stop". Crystal Palace came within an inch of inflicting their first defeat of the season last time out in the league, but Luka Milivojevic's missed penalty meant Pep Guardiola's side escaped with a point in a 0-0 draw.
The Special One spoke out about the speculation surrounding Sanchez ahead of Monday's league clash against Stoke.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marouane Fellaini are two whose Old Trafford careers could be in jeopardy. They sit second in the league with 47 points from 22 games.
"It's far from a crisis if you look at the table".
Ryan Shawcross and Glen Johnson remain on the sidelines, but Erik Pieters and Bruno Martins Indi both trained on Thursday, and Stoke Under-18s boss Kevin Russell revealed during his press conference that the pair could return at Old Trafford. It doesn't matter who he is.
Despite the potential threat Stoke can bring, they have not been firing on many cylinders lately at all, scoring just once in their past three league fixtures.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to return to training in late January/early February.
After opening his campaign with Manchester United on a rampage - scoring 11 in his first 10 appearances, the Belgian has had it rough in front of goal since then - scoring 5 in the next 21.
Manchester United reportedly feel Zlatan Ibrahimovic's cruciate injury has hindered his comeback so they're now in the market for an attacker.
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. Getting Mkhitaryan to Anfield would is an impossible task, but Klopp must recognise how player, club and manager are perfect for each other.
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