Scholes wary of Stoke test
Paul Scholes fears Stoke City could be inspired by Tottenham’s recent win at Old Trafford and has warned his United team-mates to expect a tough test on Saturday.
The Potters travel north knowing they have never earned a single point at the Theatre of Dreams in Premier League history, losing four matches and conceding nine goals in the process.
However, following a recent shock defeat to Spurs, Scholes is wary of another slip-up and insists United must start well against Stoke.
“Yes, they probably will be inspired by Tottenham, by the first 20 minutes especially,” Scholes told United Review. “We can’t let that happen again. Stoke have got some quality players now.
“They have had good players over the last couple of years, don’t get me wrong, but I think they’ve stepped up even more now. It’s a game we’ll be hoping to win but it’s one we know won’t be easy.”
Since gaining promotion to the Premier League in 2008, Tony Pulis has arguably drawn the blueprint for clubs hoping to cement themselves as a top-flight team, despite drawing criticism from some corner for their unapologetically direct style of play.
But as Scholes knows, success in football is driven by positive results and the Welsh manager knows exactly how to get those from his squad of burgeoning talents.
“It’s a credit to him, to his players and his staff. I think in the first year or two after a club is promoted it’s always about survival. But now he’s taken Stoke up to a level where we just don’t expect them to be down struggling near the bottom these days.
“I don’t think anybody expects that with the quality of players they’ve brought in. They’re more likely to be at least a top ten side, maybe even top six or seven. That’s how far they’ve come.”