Fletcher not taking Stoke lightly

03 January 2011 01:30
Darren Fletcher has warned Manchester United should not be sucked in by the belief Stoke are just a team of long-ball merchants. Tony Pulis' in-form Potteries outfit head to Old Trafford on Tuesday trying to prevent their hosts making it a 20-match unbeaten start to the season. United are one of the few sides they seem incapable of ruffling, having lost all five encounters since their return to the top flight. And the key may be the fact Sir Alex Ferguson's men are not just prepared for an aerial bombardment. They also recognise Stoke can play a bit too. "Stoke can be physical at times," said the Scotland skipper. "They put long throws and free-kicks into the box and are willing to go direct. "But that is not to neglect the football players they have. Matthew Etherington and Jermaine Pennant like to get at you and dribble. "Tuncay and Ricardo Fuller are good, attacking-style players who like the ball at their feet too, so they do have options and can cause problems on the ground."

Source: PA