Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Mourinho-Hughes friction as Man United's ideal start ends

Mourinho-Hughes friction as Man United's ideal start ends

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored a goal in each half as Hughes' men ended United's 100 per cent record in the Premier League this season by earning a 2-2 draw at bet365 stadium.

"They weren't performing at their normal level but we were in the game, we fought hard and we were closer to winning than losing". They fought hard and probably deserved a point.

Mourinho refused to criticise Phil Jones for giving Choupo-Moting a free header for Stoke's equaliser, and played down a spat with opposite number Mark Hughes.

- Choupo-Moting became the first player to open his Premier League goal account with a brace against Manchester United since Afonso Alves in April 2008.

"They played defensive football and counter-attack football".

United soon woke up and troubled their opposition in a similar fashion, as Lukaku latched on to Rashford's pass and crossed towards Pogba, whose back-heeled effort was deflected behind.

Manchester United conceded for the first time this season and dropped their first points against an impressive Stoke City, who posed major questions throughout a riveting contest.

United had been flying in their opening three games of the season, and Mourinho was quick to blame the global break for disrupting his team's rhythm. "I hope they'll continue to play well; the season has really only just started and we have many games until the end, so I am hopeful that they can continue to do well".

Matic and United will now look forward to the visit of FC Basel in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening (KO 19:45 BST).

"It was a tough game tonight", he said.

Lukaku should have scored again late on, but he missed the target from close range and an irritated Mourinho was left wondering what might have been.

Manchester United's ideal start to the Premier League season came to an end today after they failed to pick up three points against Stoke City, in a 2-2 draw with the Potters. "Maybe it's me. I'm not quite sure I seem to get involved on handshake issues, I offered my hand but José didn't want to take it from me, maybe he was a bit upset about the result, sometimes these top managers don't have these results too often and can get upset".

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