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It's Max pain for the Reds; Stoke........................... . 2 Manchester United ...2.

Summer signing Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored twice as Stoke ended Manchester United's 100 per cent start to their league campaign.

And huffy Reds' boss Jose Mourinho refused to shake the hand of opposite number Mark Hughes as the Portugese stomped off down the tunnel at the end. The managers had clashed in the technical areas during the match.

Hughes, who waved sarcastically behind Mourinho's back as they walked to the dressing rooms, said: "I seem to get involved in handshake issues. I'm not sure why he didn't want to shake my hand, I didn't think there were any issues.

"There was a time he came into my technical box and I told him to get out but that was it. Maybe that was what upset him."

Mourinho said: "I prefer not to answer question about handshakes - it's a bad question. It makes it look like it's my fault but that's not right."

From the start, Stoke set out to stretch United with long balls wide and they took the lead on 43 minutes when Darren Fletcher found Mame Diouf, whose whipped cross was bundled over the line by Choupo-Moting. It was the Cameroonian's first goal for Stoke and the first United had conceded this season.

Mourinho's men probably spared themselves a half-time dressing down over their poor defending by bouncing back two minutes later with a bizarre equaliser that cannoned into the net off the back of Marcus Rashford's head from Paul Pogba's forceful header.

United have shown their resilience by scoring consistently after the break and they took the lead on 57 minutes with Romelu Lukaku's fourth league goal of the season.

But Stoke would not be beaten and after Jese had been denied by David de Gea's instinctive save, Choupo-Moting scored with a header from the corner.

Hughes said: "We were up against the best side in the league judging by what they have shown so far.

"We didn't allow them as much space and everything I asked the guys to do, they fulfilled. We have had a tough start.

"We are showing the potential we have and we look in good nick and we're all excited by what is ahead for us."

On goal hero Choupo-Moting, the Stoke boss added: "He will get the headlines and rightly so because he was a big part of the performance and the result overall."

Mourinho blamed the international break for a United showing that failed to match the high-octane performances that preceded it.

He said: "It was a difficult match for different reasons. My players, after the international break, are not the same.

"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."

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 10, 2017
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