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United must stand up to Stoke - Nani

NANI is expecting a major physical challenge from Stoke tomorrow and believes that Manchester United must fight fire with fire or face dropping points.

The Portuguese winger is the subject of transfer speculation linking him with AC Milan and Juventus but his sole focus at the moment is Tony Pulis's Potters.

"It is always hard to play against Stoke because they play a different kind of football to most teams in the Premier League. They are very physical and have very strong players," said Nani.

"It is also difficult because most of the game is in the air.

"We need to be strong and try to play our game.

"We are playing at home and we have to believe we can win the three points. It is a good time for us.

"We had a very good result last time against Newcastle before the international break so we are confident and it is a good time to start to believe.

"But we do not set long-term targets - our only target is to always win the game and to finish on top."


Most of Alex Ferguson's squad have been away on international duty for the last 10 days and Manchester United are already adding to facilities at their Carrington training base with recovery in mind for the players.

"It is very important to recover because we have hard competition and lots of games, so we need to be ready for the next match," said Nani.

"At Carrington they are making a bigger space with more facilities for the players to recover and enjoy. It is nice.

"It is a bit hard because we are tired after the international games and we have to travel and be ready for the next match.

"It is a bit difficult but, as I said, having good facilities to recover is very important and helpful."