Nemanja Vidic has warned Manchester United to expect a second successive trial by long ball when they visit West Ham on Saturday.
United captain Vidic helped his side keep a clean sheet in Sunday's 2-0 win at Stoke and the Serb believes the league leaders will face more direct football and another aerial threat when they encounter Andy Carroll and the Hammers at Upton Park.
And the 31-year-old believes United will have to show their physical strength again if they are to record a 27th win in 33 league games.
He 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 they're 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."
United only need seven points to be mathematically assured of winning a 20th league title and Vidic added: "Yes, you think you're almost there but you have to win the games."