Stoke's Mark Hughes tried to get Jose Mourinho sent off

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2017

United dropped English Premier League points for the first time this season as Maxim Choupo-Moting capitalised on errors from Eric Bailly and Phil Jones to net twice either side of efforts from Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku.

Unsurprisingly, Hughes, who has secured home wins over Manchester City, Liverpool, United and Arsenal in his time in charge of Stoke, saw it differently.

Cameroon winger Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is also a doubt after injuring a hamstring on worldwide duty, while several other players are carrying minor knocks.

"We have to know against teams like this you have to have a little bit more, you have to be concentrated, and of course we're not happy with a point". "So I'm not disappointed with the players, I'm not critical with it, it's just a natural outcome. We were never in any danger of being overrun or overcome by them and that's great credit to us".

"A draw was a fair result".

Jose Mourinho
GETTY Jose Mourinho has replacements for Paul Pogba in midfield

"Of all the teams they are clearly at the top of the pile", Hughes said. "They defended a lot and it is becoming quite trendy in the Premier League, this way of defending now, but they did well and physically they were very strong and they probably deserved the point".

Stoke City have traditionally had physically strong sides, who nearly always find a way to out-muscle opposition at home to claim maximum points. Stoke has half of United's points haul, collecting five from four games.

But sources say that Mourinho was incensed Hughes had asked referee Neil Swarbrick to send him to the stands after Mourinho had entered into the home technical area before telling the United boss to "f-- off".

Mourinho refused to be drawn on the altercation with Hughes and his decision not to shake hands at the end of the game.

"I prefer not to answer question about handshakes", Mourinho said. It's a bad question.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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