Sir Alex Ferguson relishes Stoke challenge despite Liverpool defeat

Guardian
• United return to Premier League action on Tuesday• 'They will be 100% committed. You have to cope. I enjoy it'Sir Alex Ferguson is relishing the prospect of his Manchester United side facing the unique challenge presented by Stoke at Old Trafford on Tuesday.After Saturday's FA Cup defeat to Liverpool, an encounter with Tony Pulis's battlers would not normally be viewed as the ideal method of recovery. Yet, in much the same way as United tended to overcome Bolton during the era of Sam Allardyce when Wanderers managed to get under the skin of the other big clubs, they have emerged relatively unscathed in their meetings with Stoke.A draw at the Britannia Stadium in September represented the first points dropped to the Potters since they were promoted to the Premier League in 2008. And United must go back to 1976 for their last Old Trafford...

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