Mark Hughes was not surprised by Charlie Adam's match-winning display against Manchester United as his brace gave Stoke City a 2-1 victory.
Adam's double - his second a thunderous drive from outside the area - proved the difference for Stoke, as they moved to 11th in the Premier League.
The Scotland international had earlier seen his fortuitous 38th-minute opener - deflected home off Michael Carrick - cancelled out by Robin van Persie, but his winner gave United goalkeeper David de Gea no chance.
Adam also scored a long-range effort in the defeat to Liverpool last month, and Hughes believes that he is showing exactly what he is capable of.
"I thought it was a magnificent performance from us. We had a little bit of luck, which we would say we haven't had too much (of) in recent weeks," he said, referring to Adam's first goal - a deflected free-kick.
"Then we had the disappointment of conceding the equaliser but then picked ourselves up and the goal that won it was an absolutely outstanding strike from Charlie.
"We're not surprised anymore that, when he gets in those positions, he has the capacity to score goals from those distances," the Stoke boss added.
"It was a great goal to win a great game from our point of view.
"(It was) a huge result for us, given that we put a huge effort in on Wednesday (in the Premier League defeat to Sunderland)."
United boss David Moyes started attacking trio Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Juan Mata for the first time, but they were unable to prevent the champions from falling to an eighth Premier League defeat of the season.
Hughes felt Stoke coped well with club-record signing Mata, as well as Rooney and Van Persie, adding that his side were never likely to be overawed by their opponents.
"Arguably, with very few exceptions, that was United's strongest side, but we expected that," he said.
"It wasn't (the case) that we were ever going to show apprehension once the team sheets were put in.
"I think the threat of United was limited because of the efforts that we showed."
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