Battling Stoke force draw to end United's flawless start

Lynette Rowe
September 14, 2017

Matic, I can not say that I had better guys than him in my career. It is really a bad question because it looks like it's my fault, it's my problem. The Stoke City boss has had previous drama with handshakes, when Tony Pulis also refused to shake his' hand in a 1-0 loss to West Brom. Manchester United: David De Gea 8, Antonio Valencia 7, Eric Bailly 5, Phil Jones 6, Matteo Darmian 6, Nemanja Matic 6, Ander Herrera 5, Paul Pogba 7, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7, Romelu Lukaku 7, Marcus Rashford 7.

Romelu Lukaku's 150th league goal gave United the lead in the 57th minute but Choupo-Moting's second of the evening saw the points shared, the draw sees United back on top over their bitter rivals just on goal difference and Matić insisted that they need to win these games to be "champions".

Given the fact that Manchester United have failed to win at the bet365/Britannia Stadium since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, Jose Mourinho will probably reflect on the 2-2 draw against Stoke City as a decent point for his men to pick up.

"They defended a lot and it's becoming quite trendy in the Premier League, this way of defending".

"We had a similar situation previous 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".

United scored 10 goals without reply in their three victories before the global break but came unstuck against a team that have already beaten Arsenal this season.

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"I don't get involved with stupid things like this, I am too old. There was a time when he came in my technical area and I told him to get out but apart from that...maybe that's what upset him". Maybe it's because it has to be viewed as a negative result for him, coming to Stoke when everybody expected them to beat us.

United are now joint leaders with Manchester City on 10 points.

P.S. Individual mistakes may have marred United's game but one moment of quality stood out in sharp relief: Let's close the book on save of the season already shall we? "I'm happy that we are still there, and we'll continue to work hard to stay there until the end of the season".

"For the most part, United have had the ability and capacity to sweep everybody else before them very comfortably".

Asked about the Yorke-Cole comparisons, he said: "It would be great if we could be like them".

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