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#scfc Starting XI vs Swansea City: Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross (c), Wilson, Pieters; Nzonzi, Adam, Diouf, Ireland, Moses; Crouch.


#SWANS starting XI v @stokecity: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams (C), Taylor, Carroll, Ki, Sigurdsson, Dyer, Routledge, Bony.


Man Utd consider re-signing Ryan Shawcross

Ryan Shawcross playing for Man Utd in a pre-season friendly in 2007. Credit: PA

Manchester United are giving serious thought to bringing former defender Ryan Shawcross back to Old Trafford.

The Stoke City skipper started his senior playing career at United in 2006 but didn't quite make the grade and left for Stoke a couple of seasons later.

But with little sign of United's defensive troubles easing, they may try to buy their old boy back. So says the Daily Star.


Hughes has sympathy with under-fire Pardew

Stoke manager Mark Hughes understands how Alan Pardew must be feeling as he battles to keep his critics at bay, but also knows the only way the Newcastle manager can end the negativity is by turning around their current slump.

The Magpies are the visitors to the Britannia Stadium on Monday night and are without a win after five matches, with only Burnley below them in the Barclays Premier League table.

A lot of people don't know the reason why certain things have occurred or why there hasn't been a good performance.

There are always other things people outside the immediate group don't know about and you know yourself you can't go out and say, 'well, these are the reasons'.

So you have to protect yourself, your position and your club sometimes from situations and sometimes that's to the detriment of yourself.

It's not easy because there is more focus on you as a club and you, as the figurehead in terms of football. It goes with the territory and you have to deal with it.

The focus on big clubs is always there and the only way you can deal with it, to take that focus off you as a manager, is by winning football matches and if you don't there is a negative focus

– Stoke boss Mark Hughes.
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