Champions are vulnerable, says Stoke City boss

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes current Premier League champions Manchester United are feeling a bit vulnerable and also believes they cannot afford to drop any more points if they are to regain their title.

The Red Devils haven’t had a great start to the 2013/2014 campaign under David Moyes, and their last two Premier League games have ended in shock results at Old Trafford.

The first one came against West Bromwich Albion, where they lost 2-1, and just weeks later, they drew 1-1 with Southampton.

Hughes will take his side to United on Saturday and he believes one more defeat could end their title challenge already.

“They can’t afford any more slip-ups, but invariably when people question Manchester United they come back with the answers.”

“There are only a certain amount of games you can lose,” Hughes said. “They’ve lost three and maybe they are a little bit vulnerable at the moment.

“Five or six [defeats] enables you to still be in the title race. Lose any more than six then you make it very difficult, nigh on impossible, for yourself.”

“West Brom have won there so it’s more than possible that we can get a positive result,” Hughes added.

“You can’t go to Old Trafford and be apprehensive. You have to be positive and have a go. If we do that, let’s see what happens, but the expectation from ourselves and our fans is high.”

Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt

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