Following a recent shock defeat to Spurs, Scholes is wary of another slip-up and insists United must start well against Stoke.
"Yes, they probably will be inspired by Tottenham, by the first 20 minutes especially," Scholes told United Review. "We can't let that happen again. Stoke have got some quality players now.
"They have had good players over the last couple of years, don't get me wrong, but I think they've stepped up even more now. It's a game we'll be hoping to win but it's one we know won't be easy."