Stoke City 2-2 Manchester United: Three things we learnt

Stoke City 2-2 Manchester United: Three things we learnt

Stoke City 2-2 Manchester United: Three things we learnt

Shawcross has not missed a Premier League game for the Potters since last December, playing every minute of the last 26 games including the first three matches of this term.

Jose Mourinho took aim at Stoke's apparently defensive tactics after Manchester United's flawless start to the English Premier League ended in a 2-2 draw in the fourth round on Saturday. Diouf crossed the ball in from the right after being released by a superb pass by Darren Fletcher and the forward fired home from close range.

Manchester United may have lost their 100 per cent record in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Stoke but the situation could have been worse had it not been for an incredible save from David De Gea.

Jose Mourinho's side remain top of the Premier League on goal difference while Stoke's reward for frustrating another of the title challengers is a move to 10th spot. They won games by an impressive margin, yes, but I don't think they've clicked yet.

From the resulting corner, though, Stoke did manage to equalise through Choupo-Moting. The team Manchester United has four wins and one loss in the last five matches.

"My aim is always to score or get an assist so I'm very happy we didn't lose and I'm happy for my first goals for Stoke - I hope to continue like that", said the Cameroonian.

FW Romelu Lukaku, 7 - Had a few attempts before putting United 2-1 ahead, though even that came following an initial save from Butland after Lukaku timed his run perfectly to stay onside.

What an exciting player Choupo-Moting looks for Stoke City. I thought we asked questions from the beginning to the end and not many have done that. We had similar situation a year ago with Manchester City, who were not able to sustain it.

Again, it was a lead that did not last long and again it fell to a corner.

Mourinho will no doubt be proud of his players manful response to that 43rd-minute setback, though.

The pair previously exchanged words during the second half at the bet365 Stadium when Mourinho appeared to enter Hughes' technical area, before tempers appeared to be calmed. "I don't know why he didn't shake hands afterwards, maybe that's why", claimed Hughes to the Daily Mirror. Sometimes, because they're not used to having to take negative results, sometimes they react in the wrong way. Mourinho had been asking for just such a test.

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