Stoke boss Tony Pulis believes his team is better equipped now than in previous years to take on the might of Manchester United.
Although they have pulled off plenty of impressive results in the Barclays Premier League since their promotion from the Championship in 2008, the Potters are yet to earn a point from four encounters with United.
Pulis' side go into Sunday's clash with the Red Devils at the Britannia Stadium having failed to score a single goal in any of those games, while shipping 12 at the other end. However, they have overcome a disappointing start to the present campaign to take 10 points from their last five league fixtures.
With new recruits Jermaine Pennant, Jon Walters and Kenwyne Jones having already made notable contributions, Pulis feels the Staffordshire outfit are in good shape to tackle Sir Alex Ferguson's men.
"We think we have improved as a team," Pulis said. "I think Pennant and (Matthew) Etherington have got real good pace down the sides of the pitch and obviously Kenwyne and Jon Walters have done well up front.
"We've got more in the team to cause people problems, so it is just whether we can perform on the day to our maximum - and hoping that we get a little bit of good luck and good fortune, and that United are maybe just off it a little bit."