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Pulis predicts Red Devils scrap
23 Oct 2010 - 10:19:45
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis expects a monumental effort will be required for his side to see off Premier League giants Manchester United at the weekend.
The Potters host the Red Devils on Sunday in what would normally be a an away victory on many peoples' betting coupons, but the Potters' summer signings have helped push the industrious side into the top half of the table.
Record signing Kenwyne Jones and Jermaine Pennant are finding form, while newcomer Jon Walters is starting to find his feet after moving from Championship club Ipswich Town.
With a recent return of ten points from their previous five games propelling them into the upper echelons of the league, Pulis is hopeful that they can cause United, who have drawn all four of their away games to date, some serious problems.
"We think we have improved as a team," he 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.
"We recognise who we are playing - one of the great teams in this country.
"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."