Boss’ bid to end barren run

30 Sep

Mark Hughes wants to halt a 36-year barren run for Stoke City at Old Trafford as he takes his winless Potters side there on Sunday.

Stoke: Boss' bid to end barren runStoke: Boss' bid to end barren run

The last time Stoke took a point away to Manchester United was in 1980 back in the old First Division, with their record in the Premier League reading 25 goals conceded and only six scored.

And boss Hughes knows it is actually 40 years since the Potters last won at Old Trafford while they have not even managed a point on 13 consecutive visits.

“Records are there to be broken,” said the manager. “We’ve been able to tick a few boxes in my time here in terms of beating United here, beating Chelsea, getting a point at Chelsea last year, which had been a long time coming.

“We’ll give it a good shot. We won’t use our record as an excuse that we shouldn’t be expected to win, that’s not our attitude to what’s ahead of us. We’ll take the match on its own merits.”

Stoke’s miserable start to the campaign has yielded only two points from six Premier League games but Hughes insists the signs are positive.

The Potters lost in stoppage time to Hull in the EFL Cup and then conceded another late goal, this time an equaliser, against West Brom last weekend when they looked poised to clinch a first win.

Hughes told reporters: “We think it’s only a matter of time before it comes because we’re not playing badly. The last two games I’ve seen a confident team, a team that wants to address the situation and get the maximum points.

“It’s not as if our confidence has been affected, we’re fine in that regard, but clearly we want to get three points on the board as quickly as possible.

“It’s going to be difficult this weekend because clearly our record at Manchester United isn’t great. It’s a big ask but, if we’re going to get a first win on the board, why can’t it be at Old Trafford?”


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