Mark Hughes has admitted he is flattered by those linking him to the Manchester United job, but has no intention of leaving Stoke City.

United manager Louis van Gaal has come under fire​ recently as his side have not won in six Premier League games.

Robbie Savage and Paul Parker - who both played with Hughes during his United career - named the Welshman as a potential manager at Old Trafford following Stoke's 2-0 over the Red Devils.

However, Hughes distanced himself from rumours and said if he was being linked it was because of the good job he was doing at Stoke.

"There's a lot of speculation," Hughes said. "That goes with the territory. 

"It's probably better to be talked up than talked down. I've had both, and I know which I prefer. It is what it is. It's speculation. Nothing more, nothing less."

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Hughes' next game comes against West Bromwich Albion and former Stoke manager Tony Pulis. And with Stoke currently 10th, the Welshman is keen to ensure complacency does not become an issue.

He added: "It's something you have to guard against, but it's less of a worry for this group, to be perfectly honest.

"I think everybody senses that they're really enjoying what they're doing at the moment. They're enjoying being part of it. They want more."

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