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Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is looking to give Manchester United "a run for their money" on New Year's Day.

The Potters gave the Red Devils a scare in their first meeting in the Premier League this season, recovering from a 1-0 deficit but was not able to match Juan Mata's goal.

Stoke have played the role of giant killer in the ongoing campaign, defeating the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal.

"We're looking forward to going up against them. We proved at their place that we can match them," said Hughes.

"And our record against the bigger clubs since I joined the club is good, so we won't have any apprehension ahead of the game."

"United seem to have little bit more confidence but that comes from winning which they are doing at the moment."

"They will always be a strong side and a difficult opponent but maybe the change of management has changed their attitude and mentality."

Meanwhile, Hughes further revealed that the change room has become more settled this season thanks to a few tweaks.

"Some senior players have left as well so the dynamic of the group has changed, the dressing room has changed, so all those things have an impact and at the moment it seems to be working for them," he added.

"They seem to be in a better place than they were when they came here last season."

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