Mourinho confidence undimmed by Stoke road bump


United fell behind to Maxim Choupo-Moting's goal towards the end of the first half but responded nearly immediately through Marcus Rashford, before going on to secure a 2-2 draw at the bet365 Stadium.

In one of his by-now frequent and thinly veiled critiques of his former club Chelsea, Mourinho pointed out that his successor Antonio Conte employed a defence-first, counter- attacking style to win last season's title.

Jose Mourinho's men attracted plenty of admirers for their impressive start to the campaign, but they were not at their best in front of goal and Choupo-Moting inspired Stoke to a commendable point at the bet365 Stadium.

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.

"They defended a lot and it's becoming quite trendy in the Premier League, this way of defending".

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As well as Rashford, who has now scored in back-to-back games, Romelu Lukaku was also on the scoresheet once again for United.

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic was disappointed not to take all three points from Saturday's clash with Stoke, but believes the Reds can take positives from the game. "We didn't allow them as much space and everything I asked the guys to do, they fulfilled".

For the challenge of picking up where United left off before the global break Mourinho made three changes. While the manager had one eye on Tuesday night's visit of Basel in the Champions League, Mark Hughes gave Kevin Wimmer his Stoke debut, for the injured Ryan Shawcross, and Mame Biram Diouf replaced Bruno Martins Indi. "No problem - these things are part of the game", the manager said. We had the lead in the second half but they scored a goal from the corner kick. United might have grabbed a late triumph but Lukaku snatched at a close-range chance and Pogba hooked over.

Egypt's prodigy Ramadan Sobhi remained on the bench as Stoke City drew 2-2 with Manchester United in the fourth fixture of the English Premier League. "I don't speak about stupid things, I'm too old for that, talking about stupid things is for stupid people".