Shawcross: United can be beaten

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Ryan Shawcross has insisted that Manchester United are beatable this weekend, despite the Red Devils going into their match-up with Stoke City overwhelming favourites to continue their unbeaten run.

United haven’t lost to Stoke at Britannia Stadium since 2008, when City were promoted to the Barclays Premier League.

But Shawcross is aiming to end United 's dominance at their own stadium, with the 23-year-old hoping to bounce back from the club’s 4-0 defeat to Sunderland last weekend.


"It was probably a bit of a reality check for us to be honest [losing to Sunderland], especially having been on a nine-game unbeaten run to start the new season,” Shawcross told Stoke’s matchday program.

"Good runs have to come to an end, but it was disappointing for it to end in that fashion at Sunderland. The result and the performance were disappointing, but we move on now and we set our sights on another unbeaten run like the one we have just had.

"It will be hard to start that off against Manchester United because they are a top team, but everyone is beatable, and we know if we have the fans right behind us and we perform in a way we know we can, then we do have a chance."

Shawcross has been linked in the past with moves away from Stoke, but the centre back said that since the club got into the Europa League, he couldn’t be happier.

"I've always said that I wanted to play in Europe and Stoke City have given me that opportunity, so my future is undoubtedly here at the Britannia Stadium," he added.

"I really do love it here, the fans are great to me and the manager is absolutely top class.

"He is probably the biggest factor in wanting to be here because I really enjoy working underneath him because he keeps making me a better player and has shown unbelievable faith in me.

"With the group of lads we have here too, I don't think anyone would want to leave. It's a great set-up with a very good team who are all striving to bring success to the football club."

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