Ex-Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic 'unfazed' by Stoke's Old Trafford test

Bojan Krkic

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes expects Bojan Krkic to be 'unfazed' by the challenge of facing Manchester United at Old Trafford.

When you have experienced the pressure cooker environment of El Clasico, just about every other fixture should be a walk in the park.

Given that Bojan Krkic has represented Barcelona against arch-rivals Real Madrid in what is arguably the biggest derby duel in world football, you get the feeling that nerves are not a problem for the Spanish forward.

With that in mind, a trip to Old Trafford on Tuesday with Premier League employers Stoke City will hold no fear.

There may be some who feel slightly anxious ahead of a meeting with Manchester United, especially in their own back yard, but those emotions will only hold you back once you cross the white line and enter into top-flight battle.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is therefore delighted to have a player on his books who has been there and done it at the very highest level.

He said: "He won't be fazed by going to places like Old Trafford. Some players can go there and not enjoy the experience because it is something foreign to them.

"He has come to the Premier League and I think it was a bit of an eye-opener to start with. Now he is facing the teams he imagined he would when he came here and these are the ones he wants to be involved in."

  Goal AssistGoalsTotal PassAccurate PassTotal Through BallFwd PassAppearancesMins Played
Bojan 1 1 279 242 4 64 8 579

These are indeed the occasions which helped to lure Bojan to the Potters in a shock deal over the summer.

As Hughes puts it, life in England has been something of an ‘eye-opener’ for the diminutive frontman, with the pace and physicality of Premier League competition offering a rude awakening,

A man with a distinguished CV has started to settle, though, and offer glimpses of the ability which has taken him from Barcelona to the Britannia Stadium via Roma, AC Milan and Ajax.

Whether he can illuminate the big occasions remains to be seen, but these are the fixtures which tend to bring the best out of top-level performers and Stoke will be looking to their Spanish schemer to provide the inspiration when locking horns with Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Robin van Persie and company.

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