Stoke City news: Mark Hughes believes his side CAN beat Manchester United and end their 40-year Old Trafford hoodoo

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes believes his side are returning to their best, despite their poor recent form.

The Potters’ are just off a point off the foot of the Premier League table and are without a win this season.

But Hughes is adamant that the confidence is flooding back into his side and that results will quickly improve as a result.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Manchester United, he said: “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.”

Stoke have failed to win at Old Trafford in 40 years and haven’t even managed a point in 13 previous attempts against United, yet Hughes is bullish about their chances.

“It’s going to be difficult this weekend because clearly our record at Manchester United isn’t great,” he added.

“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?

“We know we’re not too far away from getting back to the level we’re capable of so there’s no concern here.”

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