Mourinho insists Manchester United are "OK" following Stoke City draw

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It was an entertaining game but a frustrating result for Manchester United as the Reds were held to a 2-2 draw by Stoke City on Saturday.

If the real test of a potentially title-winning team is whether they can do it on a windy evening at Stoke City, then Manchester United need not make space in their trophy cabinet just yet. It was perfectly understandable, though part of me would have liked to see more of the Mata-Henrikh Mkhitaryan-Paul Pogba creative axis. Both Phil Jones and Eric Bailly were poor.

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 lovely game, this was Groundhog Day for seasoned Mourinho watchers.

Hughes responded with a mocking wave towards Mourinho, who did shake hands with members of Stoke's backroom staff.

As SunSport reported yesterday, Mourinho was allegedly told to "f*** off" by Hughes and the Welshman wanted his opposite manager sent to the stands for encroaching on his technical area. Sometimes managers of top-six clubs don't take negative results too kindly.


He said: "I prefer not to answer question about handshakes - it's a bad question".

"Maybe he reacted in the wrong way".

Mourinho brushed aside the issue in his post-match press conference, though he was keen to stress he was not in the wrong when asked before his press conference.

"I know after national teams (international matches) there are injuries or fatigue or lack of concentration, and we had a little bit of everything".

Manchester United next game is a champions league home match against Basel on September 12. One team wanted to win, another team wanted to draw, but the team that wanted to draw fought hard for that.

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