Hughes accuses Mourinho over lack of handshake

Rosalie Stanley
September 10, 2017

It's great for Romelu Lukaku's confidence that he was able to continue his hot streak in front of goal, even if he should have added to his tally with a later chance. "These days clubs want defenders who are good on the ball rather than ones who can defend", said Ferdinand with the old pro's tired air, although this was precisely the accusation levelled at him when England's most elegant defender wore a Manchester United shirt.

After a narrow opening day loss to Everton, Stoke have bounced back with that impressive win over the Gunners at home and were well worth their draw at unbeaten West Brom before the worldwide break.

Manchester United travel to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, and are big favourites to pick up all three points given their ideal start to the new season.

Swiss ace, Xherdan Shaqiri, drew a pair of smart saves from David de Gea before late drama ensued at the end of the half. I don't think there was any real issue. Overall, Bailly didn't command the defence the way he usually does.

Mourinho is known for turning a blind eye to a manager in the opposing dugout if something he did during the course of the game bothered him.

Fingers were pointed at Phil Jones while Matteo Darmian could have done better with the opener.

'Defensively Manchester United could have done better, especially with the goals, but you have to give credit to Stoke'.

Mourinho introduced two players in the 71st minute as Herrera and Rashford made way for Mata and Martial.

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho still needs to assess his squad, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo (both knee) are definitely out.

MF Paul Pogba, 6 - Having commanded United's previous games, Pogba didn't have the same influence.

The Frenchman's header ricocheted off Rashford and into the net. A perfectly timed run by the striker was spotted by Henrik Mkhitaryan, who threaded the ball through to the big Belgian.

Beginnings, as they know very well in Manchester, are not everything. Rashford looked like United's most risky player but was replaced for the final 20 minutes. His first attempt across Jack Butland is brilliantly stopped but he reacts quickest to the rebound to slam home his fourth of the season.

After playing Mame Biram Diouf onside, the Ivorian centre-back was outmuscled by Choupo-Moting as the summer signing directed the resulting cross past De Gea from close range.

"We showed confidence and played some good football on the ball". It was unusual that Lukaku took a late free kick ahead of him.

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