Pulis hoping for a change of fortune at Old Trafford
Stoke boss Tony Pulis says his side can only "do their best" when they meet Premier League big guns Manchester United on Saturday.
The Potters face United at Old Trafford, where they have been beaten by Sir Alex Ferguson's men on all four of their visits since their promotion to the top-flight in 2008.
Overall, they have lost seven and drawn one of their eight Premier League meetings with the Red Devils and reflecting on one of them - played in Manchester in January 2011 - Pulis said: "We got close. Nani scored and we got beaten 2-1.
"We probably played as well as we have played. We have had good periods in games up there, but they have always managed to get goals at the right time.
"The most important thing is that you go out there and do your best, but it is not a level playing field when you are playing against the top six or seven sides - you just look at the players they have, the money they have spent and their turnover compared to other clubs in the Premier League."
He added: "United are one of those sides, but we will go up there and do our best - it is all we can do."