Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson brands Stoke City "jolly green giants"

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson jokes about "jolly green giants" Stoke City ahead of their Premier League clash tomorrow.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that the former Premier League champions will be able to impose their game on "giants" Stoke City.

The Scotsman has referred to the height of the Potters, who have made set pieces and long throw-ins their signature attacks.

"The jolly green giants are coming to play against us tomorrow," said Ferguson. "Michael [Owen] is not allowed to play unless he brings a ladder. They are the biggest team in Europe.

"You can get yourself all in a fangle about that because they are a handful at set-piece play and with their long throw-ins. But you can't make a terror for yourself. Hopefully we can play our game and get the result we want."

United host Tony Pulis's side at Old Trafford tomorrow afternoon.

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