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Choupo-Moting brace holds Manchester United at Stoke

Choupo-Moting brace holds Manchester United at Stoke”

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho blamed the global break for disrupting his team's rhythm as they dropped points for the first time this season in a 2-2 draw at Stoke. Fine players spurned a lot of chances, a weakness that flared on Saturday when Lukaku missed a late chance to score his second goal and make it 3-2.

Bailly was dozing for Choupo-Moting's first goal and Jones was left in an embarrassed heap for the second.

Cameroon global Maxim Choupo-Moting made an early impact for the Potters, scoring both the goals for the home side.

"It was a hard match for different reasons".

"I'm not surprised that they play like this as they did really well last season without playing that good but the basics were found back fairly soon by Mourinho", said Saha, who won two Premier League titles and the Champions League during his four years at United.

"They weren't performing at their normal level but we were in the game, we fought hard and we were closer to winning than losing".

United so almost stole all three points in added time, with Butland forced to produce a fine save from his team-mate Kurt Zouma.

"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".

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is reportedly facing Football Association disciplinary action for his shove on Jose Mourinho during the 2-2 draw with Manchester United. There was an incident between the coaches during the match and they didn't shake hands at fulltime as is customary.

"I'm not quite sure what happened", he said. "In fairness I have my history with handshakes", he said. "Maybe that was what upset him". Sometimes, because they're not used to having to take negative results, sometimes they react in the wrong way.

As was the case with Stoke's lead, though, United's advantage was quickly chalked out, despite De Gea's best efforts.

Here, we look at five talking points from the match. It was perfectly understandable, though part of me would have liked to see more of the Mata-Henrikh Mkhitaryan-Paul Pogba creative axis.



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