Manchester United have won all three of their Premier League games so far, but Jose Mourinho is expecting the customary tough test away at Stoke.
“Stoke are difficult [to play against], they are aggressive, they defend with a lot of people, and they are dangerous in set-pieces,” he said.
“It’s a stadium that puts a lot of pressure [on] too. So, I think it’s going to be difficult again.
“Hopefully, we can be better than in previous years and win but difficult it is going to be, for sure.”
Mourinho seems content with his club’s business this summer.
The Red Devils brought in striker Romelu Lukaku, defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic, defender Victor Lindelof and will welcome back forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic once the Swede has recovered from his knee ligament injury.
“I was a good market, we were successful, we did it well, we did it on time.
“So, I think we were quite happy with our market overall.”
However, the boss says he doesn’t agree with midfielder Andreas Pereira’s decision to join Valencia on a season-long loan.
“Honestly I don’t think it is the best decision for him, it disappoints me a little bit, as he has potential to be here fighting for a position and opportunities to be a United player.
“The decision can be considered the decision of a young player that wants to play every weekend but is not ready to fight for something difficult – you have to be ready to fight.
“I am a bit disappointed he left but okay, it was his decision, he has a long term contract, and we have the option to bring him back on 1st January.”