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Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has defended Romelu Lukaku after the striker missed a late chance to claim all three points, during the 2-2 draw with Stoke.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored twice for Stoke, becoming the first player to score against United in four games this season and making Stoke the first side to deny them maximum points. Both Phil Jones and Eric Bailly were poor.

Jose Mourinho refused to shake Mark Hughes' hands.

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

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

Stoke boss Hughes said: "I pushed him because he was in my technical area".




The £200,000 of fines and succession of touchline and stadium bans he has picked up during his time in English football should serve as evidence that he gets very little out of vendettas that only produce results if his players are willing to embrace them and he would be wise to put the Mr Angry routine back in its box before it overcomes him once more.

"It makes it look like it's my fault, my problem, and your question is not correct, I'm sorry". Sometimes managers of top-six clubs don't take negative results too kindly.

Mourinho brushed aside the handshake issue in his post-match press conference.

The United boss went on to say that Stoke "fought hard" for the point and they got it but he felt that his team's "performance was more than enough for the point".

Though Mourinho might draw comfort from the hint his team gave of their own spirit in their response to falling behind, he will appreciate how far they are from the finished article in their failure to see out victory once a lead had been restored.

Mourinho will be hoping to avoid any flare-ups tomorrow when United welcome Basel to Old Trafford in their Champions League opener (7.45pm).

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