So Busaspor wasn't the first of many games without Wayne Rooney because the lad has made a rather astonishing U-turn and signed a five year deal at the club. One week it's Lverpool going into administration and another Wayne Rooney is leaving Manchester United---the press has really had a field day these past few weeks but it's not to suggest that they'll now be short of news because United's form in the league so far this term is headlines itself.

Stoke City will be considerably disappointed not to get a point tomorrow from United---largely because this is a good time to play United----I mean how often will you play against the Old Trafford side and still believe you can get a point even at 2-0 down? The reality is that United will have to score three or even four before teams actually surrender the points. We have to earn back the right of invincibility and ruthlessness.

It's a five point gap form the top and our City neighbours are starting to build a gap on us before the derby so we need to address our slump in form and start picking up vital points. That two of our rivals play against each other at the weekend means that victory on Sunday for us will almost certainly improve our place in the standings.

We've got a nearly full strength side and have no serious Cup duty for our senior team in midweek so I think we ought to be fully focused on getting three points from the Brittannia Stadium. Stoke is notoriously a hard place to go but we have a good record against them. We've actually not let in goal against them but don't bet on that if the current form is anything to go by!

Our luck has to change-----fast!