Stoke-on-Trent, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Manchester United will open the new year with a difficult fixture as the Red Devils will travel to the Britannia to take on Stoke City on Thursday. United claimed a point from a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Tottenham on Sunday, but it was not a costly result as Manchester City and Chelsea also were held to ties from their respective contests, leaving Louis van Gaals men in third place where they sit 10 points back of Jose Mourinhos side. The Red Devils dominated the opening period at White Hart Lane but failed to convert any of its gilt-edge chances. There was a feeling that United would concede a goal against the run of play to come away empty-handed, but Tottenham also failed to find the back of the net despite having the better of play in the second half. According to Van Gaal, Uniteds struggles in the second period were a result of naming an unchanged side while playing two games in the span of three days. And while the United boss now has the luxury of an extra day of rest and a few players returning from injury, Stoke will be out to disrupt visiting United by any means necessary. The Potters were made to grind out a 1-0 victory at Everton on Boxing Day before running out to a 2-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, a result that lifted the club to 11th place in the Premier League with 25 points. Despite manager Mark Hughes plans to develop a more attractive style of play at the Britannia, the Potters have been getting results by way of a continued physical presence, something that is sure to frustrate Manchester United in its quest for a 10th straight league match without a loss. Uniteds unbeaten run can only be matched by Manchester City, which has not tasted defeat in 10 league outings. The Citizens will attempt to prolong that streak on Thursday when they welcome Sunderland to the Etihad. The Citizens are only three points back of first-place Chelsea, and with the Blues set to kick off in Thursdays final fixture, they will looking to match Citys result in order to maintain - or possibly extend - their lead at the summit. West Ham United appears to be coming out of the festive period worse for the wear. The Hammers suffered successive defeats to Chelsea and Arsenal to slip out of fourth place, but they will hope to rebound with a more forgiving fixture against a struggling West Brom side at Upton Park. Arsenal moved into a tie with Southampton by improving to 33 points, and the two sides will battle for sole possession of fourth place on Thursday when they meet at St. Marys. Liverpool appears to have found some form after a 4-1 defeat of Swansea City on Monday granted the club a second successive victory. The Reds enter the new year in eighth place in the table and will seek a third win on the trot when they host lowly Leicester City on Thursday. 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Valverde, a three-time All-Star, has struggled with control in recent years. Parnell gave up Denard Spans tying double in the ninth inning during Mondays opening 9-7 loss to Washington. It was the right-handers first save opportunity since a neck injury that required surgery and sidelined him for the final two months last season. He complained of tightness in his right elbow after Mondays game. The Mets said the 29-year-old was examined Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery, had an MRI and was diagnosed with a partial tear of the right medial collateral ligament. Also Tuesday, injured Mets starter Jonathon Niese pitched five innings in a simulated game at the clubs spring facility in Florida. The left-hander allowed four runs, two earned, and five hits while throwing 76 pitches. Niese was hampered by elbow inflammation in spring training. He could come off the disabled list to start on Sunday against Cincinnati. 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