Defender Jonny Evans is certain the Champions can recover from the defeat making reference to the 6-1 humiliation by Manchester City at Old Trafford and upsets by Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.
Evans told the club’s official site, ManUtd.com:
“We’ve responded really well after disappointing moments this season, like the 6-1 defeat against City and then the Blackburn and Newcastle defeats at the turn of the year.
“We went on a great run after the City game and the after New Year games we beat both City and Arsenal away. That’s what this team does.
“Every player at this club knows what’s expected. When you are at Manchester United you know defeats like that aren’t acceptable. We don’t need anybody else to tell us that. We know it deep down.”
“We’ve played really well against Stoke in the last few games both home and away. I think we’ve dealt particularly well with their long throw-ins. There isn’t much of a run-up at Old Trafford on the side of the pitch, which will probably help us.
“We’ve beaten them comfortably over the last few seasons but they are improving all the time and nobody looks forward to playing against Stoke. They have a different approach to the way most teams play.
“People have this preconception of them and think because they are a big side they’re a dirty side. But that’s not the case at all. I think they’re hard but fair and Tony Pulis goes out of his way to make sure they don’t cross the line.”