Man United held by Stoke, flawless EPL start ends

Man United held by Stoke, flawless EPL start ends

Man United held by Stoke, flawless EPL start ends

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.

Former Old Trafford stars Rio Ferdinand and Michael Owen had him at fault for both of Stoke's goals. "My players, after the worldwide break, are not the same", Mourinho said.

Jones has been an ever-present this season alongside Eric Bailly as United started the season with three consecutive clean sheets.

Victor Lindelof, who was not in the squad against Stoke, is set to play for the first time following his £31 million move from Benfica this summer.

The United manager insisted afterwards only his team had tried to win the game - Hughes disagreed - while ruing the absence of Marouane Fellaini, who was ruled out with a calf injury.

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Lukaku established himself as one of the best strikers in the Premier League thanks to a return of 25 goals in 36 games during the 2016-17 season.

"They did well and physically very strong and they probably deserved the point. We went 2-1 down and came back again", Fletcher told BT Sport.

But Mourinho revealed he didn't even speak to his centre-half about them after the game.

Jose Mourinho refuses to put too much emphasis on his Man United side dropping points at Stoke. Some teams have more resources than others and it's how you use them.

"He left [Chelsea] because he was thinking he deserves more opportunity, but he's such a good guy that during these years we were in close contact with a good relationship".

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