Manchester United saw their 100 per cent winning start to the Premier League season come to an end as Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku cancelled out two goals from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for the Potters.
Jose Mourinho was understandably frustrated with the draw. The Portuguese was critical of Stoke’s defensive approach, but was particularly unhappy at United’s failure to defend the corner from which Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored the equaliser.
After a few minutes they scored their goal, which I’m not happy with especially, because after a great save (from David de Gea) as a team we have to defend that corner. We couldn’t, they are big and strong in the air, their service is good.’
Jose Mourinho feels the effect of the International break also affected the performance level of Manchester United players.
“It was a difficult match for different reasons. My players, after the international break, are not the same. 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. Stoke are big, strong and powerful in the air. They fought hard and probably deserved a point. It is not what we came for but a point is a point. The performance was more than enough for the point and enough for the three points.”
There was a little scuffle at the touch line during the game, in which Jose Mourinho was close to the technical area of Mark Hughes trying to give instructions to his players, Mark Hughes shoved him off, telling him to fuck off.
That didn’t go down well with Jose Mourinho who appeared to snub a handshake from Stoke manager Mark Hughes at the end of the game, but refused to be drawn on the issue when asked about it afterwards.
He said: ‘I don’t speak about stupid things, I’m too old for that. Stupid things are for stupid people.’