Mark Hughes 'facing ban for shoving Jose Mourinho'

Mark Hughes 'facing ban for shoving Jose Mourinho'

Mark Hughes 'facing ban for shoving Jose Mourinho'

Manchester United's flawless start to the season ended with a 2-2 draw at Stoke City, whose battling performance in a see-saw game denied the leaders a fourth successive Premier League victory.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, Mourinho bemoaned Stoke's tactics as defensive - despite it becoming the first team to breach his backline this term - and claimed the match was "a game for [Marouane] Fellaini", given the willingness of United's opponents to take the aerial route.

After Romelu Lukaku put United in front in the 57th minute, Choupo-Moting headed in Stoke's equalizer six minutes later.

Mourinho blamed the global break for a United showing that failed to match the high-octane performances that preceded it. "(Stoke) defended a lot and it is becoming quite trendy in the Premier League, this way of defending now. That said, Stoke away was United's sternest test yet and on the balance of play, they passed.

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The visitors pressed hard in the second half and found their reward through Romelu Lukaku's strike from Henrikh Mkhitaryan's pass, but Phil Jones' flimsiness at the back allowed Choupo-Moting to grab his second of the game.

Jose Mourinho did not engage in the customary post-match handshake with Mark Hughes on Saturday, leaving the Welshman baffled.

The pair previously exchanged words during the second half at the bet365 Stadium when Mourinho appeared to enter Hughes' technical area, before tempers appeared to be calmed. "Maybe that's why he didn't want to shake my hand. I have to get used to it sometimes". "I seem to get involved in handshake issues".

"It [the handshake] didn't happen", Hughes told BBC Sport. It's a bad question. Because it looks like is my fault, is my problem.

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As was the case with Stoke's lead, though, United's advantage was quickly chalked out, despite De Gea's best efforts.

"Goodness knows, we had too many free-kicks against us, but that wasn't because we're a physical team, it was because the referee misinterpreted too many things in my view". "We'll never just sit back and wait for the inevitable".

"More confident and clearly more balanced even if I think the defence needs more".

United have so many gifted forwards that there will always be individual flashes that lead to goals, but stubborn opponents such as Stoke are tough to wear down and that lack of refinement could hold them back.

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