Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic expects another tough test on Wednesday night when the Reds travel to London to meet West Ham.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men emerged from a bruising encounter at Stoke on Sunday with a 2-0 win and Vidic, who was terrific in the heart of the Reds' defence, believes West Ham will pose a similar physical threat.
The Serbian told MUTV: “Stoke is always a difficult place to go to but we fought for every ball, played some good football and, in the end, I think we deserved to win.
"It was physical. You know Stoke are going to get the ball to the forwards, they're good at set-pieces, they're going to challenge defenders. Now it's West Ham and we have to play well again. They play in a similar style to Stoke – we're going to have long balls and set-pieces to deal with.”
Victory at West Ham would leave the Reds needing just four points from five games to secure a 20th league title. Vidic admits lifting the Barclays Premier League trophy is on his mind, but knows nothing is guaranteed in football.
“Yes, you think you're almost there but you have to win the games,” said the skipper. “[Winning at Stoke] helps us build up the confidence and a few players had a great game – people like Antonio [Valencia], Wayne [Rooney] and Robin [van Persie]. It's important for players like them to be in good form for the games to come.”