The mission remains 9 out of 9, and we're only a third of the way successful.

Manchester United travel to Stoke on Saturday looking to pile more pressure on their top 4 rivals with victory. The reward for all three points is 5th place, currently occupied by Spurs. It's testament to the competition for the last Champions league  place that the 7th place side could easily swap places with the 5th placed side. In all this though, Liverpool retain the upper hand given their impressive run of form that has seen them make camp at 4th place. It is increasingly looking like the team that finishes above the Dippers will claim the final elite place.

David Moyes does have a job of team selection now that Wayne and Robin are fit. Added to the newly signed Juan Mata, and the rested Adnan Januzaj, you do wonder if he will resist the urge to go at Stoke with full power. Imperative to note though is that a trip to the Potters remains a stern physical examination despite Mark Huhes efforts to transform them. I would therefore understand if the manager went with power and height in his selection.

We've already won at Stoke in this season's Capital One Cup so it bodes well that the players will know everything to expect. With no midweek distractions and 8 days until our next fixture, it shouldn't be too much to expect 100% from the players.