Mourinho reacts to Lukaku's late miss against Stoke City

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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes was left puzzled when Jose Mourinho did not shake his hand following the 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Saturday. It was perfectly understandable, though part of me would have liked to see more of the Mata-Henrikh Mkhitaryan-Paul Pogba creative axis.

United were held to a 2-2 draw at the bet365 Stadium as Mourinho's men dropped their first points of the season. Both Phil Jones and Eric Bailly were poor.

Mourinho said "it's not easy to come from behind" at Stoke on a normal day.

In Romelu Lukaku, Mourinho has a forward who will fire the goals his side need to challenge for top spot and the strength in depth he has laced into a squad that is struggling to find room for the club's reigning Player of the Year Ander Herrera, the gifted Anthony Martial and the experienced Juan Mata is impressive.

As the final whistle blew, Mourinho refused to shake Hughes' hand. He said, "I want to be polite with you and I prefer not to answer because your question if really a... a bad question".

"We have to know against teams like this you have to have a little bit more, you have to be concentrated and of course we're not happy with a point".

In typical fashion, however, the "Special One" claimed that Stoke were focused on securing a draw rather than victory themselves.

"So I don't know what the stats are, but I'd argue that in general play they played more long balls than we did because they've got that threat and that's what they try to exploit".

Mourinho also believed Hughes had told the referee, Neil Swarbrick, to send him to the stands for encroaching into the Stoke technical area. "Maybe that was what upset him".

When speaking with the BBC about the incident, Mourinho was quite irritated.



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