Manchester United must win games like Stoke clash to take title - Matic

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13 September, 2017

It was the Cameroonian's first goal for Stoke and the first United had conceded this season.

The Red Devils immediately equalised after Henrikh Mkhitaryan swung the ball in, with Nemanja Matic flicking it on to Paul Pogba whose header went into the back of Marcus Rashford, with the ball then going in. "My players, after the global break, are not the same", he told BT Sport. There was an incident between the coaches during the match and they didn't shake hands at fulltime as is customary.

"I'm not sure why he didn't want to shake my hand. Maybe that was what upset him!"

"It's a negative. Sometimes managers of top-six clubs don't take negative results too kindly".

"I prefer not to answer question about handshakes. It makes it look like it's my fault but that's not right".

Hughes was confused by Mourinho's behaviour, adding: "I seem to get involved in handshake issues".

United and Manchester City are the early pacesetters in the league, separated by only goal difference.

"So I don't know what the stats are, but I'd argue that in general play they played more long balls than we did because they've got that threat and that's what they try to exploit".

"It's not what he's had before in terms of disc injuries, it's ligaments around the back and we have to wait for him to settle down. I'm happy that we are still there, and we'll continue to work hard to stay there until the end of the season".

"We had a similar situation past year with Man City, who were not able to sustain it, but the make up of the Man United squad is very strong and they're playing in a way that their fans will take to and enjoy. It is not what we came for but a point is a point".


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