You have to beat teams like Stoke if you want title - Matic

You have to beat teams like Stoke if you want title - Matic

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

Mourinho was speaking after the weekend's results and said: "We know that if you look in a pragmatic way, you see the last winners of the Premier League, the last winners of the Premier League, they did not play attacking football".

However, a second goal by Choupo-Moting through a powerful header from close range in the 63rd minute ensured that Stoke City ended Manchester United's 100 per cent start to the season.

Butland then made a fine save to prevent an own-goal at the death.

United top the current Premier League table with the only ideal record after three games. "When players go to the national team they belong to the national team".

Mourinho felt his side had done "enough for three points" given the amount of the ball the team had.

It was a special moment for the Cameroonian attacker, getting a first-ever goal for Stoke City, and he'd add to that account later in the match.

Mourinho would point to United's greater weight of possession, the greater number of chances and the fact that Lukaku should have driven Anthony Martial's ball emphatically past Butland to win the game.

The opener saw David de Gea beaten for the first time in the league this season.

The start of the transfer window was somewhat of a nightmare for Mark Hughes.

Thanks to Choupo-Moting's equaliser - his second goal of the day - those questions will be laid to rest, at least temporarily. "No player ends his contract". Former United midfielder Darren Fletcher would send a passs into the path of Mame Biram Diouf on the right. I'm not quite sure why he didn't want to shake my hand.

After refusing to shake the hand of his rival manager Mark Hughes and arrogantly proclaiming his opponents were little more than long-ball merchants intent on destroying the attractive game, this was Groundhog Day for seasoned Mourinho watchers. I seem to get involved in handshake issues! "Maybe that was what upset him", he told BBC Sport.

During his post-match interview, the Stoke City manager said: "I pushed him because he was in my technical area".

He said: "I prefer not to answer the question because your question is a bad question". It was a decent bit of business. I know it will. "I always say the same".

"But we couldn't protect the corner and he was punished, we were punished".

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