Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has stated that he expects a tough encounter when they host Manchester United on Boxing Day.
United have failed to win a game in their last six, and are currently fifth in the Premier League table.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Hughes however said he is looking forward to the match.
“They are a huge club and they have a very good squad of players there,” Hughes said
“I have been asked whether this is a good time to play them but I am always wary of that because these type of clubs more often than not bounce back emphatically.
“The players there are representing a global brand and the players have a responsibility to produce the goods more often than not, so they will be desperate to get back on track at the weekend.
“Manchester United will know themselves that they are in a period of transition and are in a different cycle now and maybe they will have to wait until they are back at the level they were at before.
“We are certainly taking nothing for granted because we are fully aware as to how difficult a challenge they will pose to us on Boxing Day.”
He added: “They have top players, as I said before, and they have a manager who has managed at the very highest level. They will click again I am sure, but hopefully we won’t allow it to be at the weekend.”