Tony Pulis believes his Stoke side must be on the front foot in Sunday's clash with Manchester United.
The Potters face a United side boosted by the news that star striker Wayne Rooney
has agreed a new five-year contract, but Pulis has urged Stoke to be positive rather than simply trying to avoid defeat.
"We recognise who we are playing - one of the great teams in this country," Pulis said.
"We will have to play to our maximum to get anything out of the game, but we won't be talking about anything else apart from what we can do. That is the way we always approach it at the Britannia.
"We are not playing away, we are playing at home and we have to try and dictate the game.
"We know Manchester United will have a lot of possession of the ball - it is just making sure that when we get it we can affect the game."