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

Jose Mourinho will assess those returning from global duty ahead of Manchester United's Premier League trip to Stoke. With how good they have looked, Stoke would surely be happy to earn a point against them.

United are now joint leaders with Manchester City on 10 points. After a thrilling, absorbing tussle, both teams could feel as disappointed as relieved. He worked hard but didn't have a huge impact on the game. Stoke's players protested for a foul but what would have underpinned their anger was the knowledge they had conceded so softly and stupidly. "We didn't allow them as much space and everything I asked the guys to do, they fulfilled", Hughes was quoted as saying by BBC. With 10 minutes to play, had a great chance to win the game but the attempt came off his ankle and went over. In fact, just last week, the Stoke boss refused to shake Tony Pulis's hand and it is starting to become a trend.

"The one big injury we have got, unfortunately, is Ryan Shawcross who's pulled up in training and is likely to miss certainly the weekend", Hughes told a news conference on Friday.

"For the most part, United have had the ability and capacity to sweep everybody else before them very comfortably".

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Manchester United did not win but their performance here was a significant upgrade on the 1-1 draw in January when Wayne Rooney's free-kick not only took him past Sir Bobby Charlton as United's record goalscorer but salvaged an improbable point for Jose Mourinho. "My players, after the worldwide break, are not the same", he told BT Sport. A solid 1-1 draw at West Brom prior to the global break provides a solid foundation to build upon, even if the welcome of United is a considerable threat for the Potters. Striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is also a doubt after picking up a hamstring injury in Cameroon's World Cup qualifying defeat to Nigeria. Given their dominance on proceedings, it was a deserved goal for United, who had the majority of the chances.

Against United, it was Choupo-Moting that shone brightest.

De Gea made an outstanding save to deny Jese from close range but, from the corner, Phil Jones failed to connect with a defensive header and was punished by Choupo-Moting who steered the cross into the corner.

45' - GOAL! Stoke 1-1 Manchester United (Rashford).

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