United pushed the Potters closer to the drop after their 2-0 win yesterday.
"I hope Stoke stay up," he insisted. "I think they're a great club with fantastic support and a great manager. Tony Pulis is terrific, one of the best in the business. With the job he's done here, he doesn't deserve to be in the position they are in.
"They should be doing better but I hope they stay up and I think they will get enough points. There was a great determination about them and determination at this part of the season is a good thing to have. I really do hope they stay up."