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Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho frustrated by Stoke City stalemate

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho praised Romelu Lukaku's all-round performance against Stoke City despite the striker squandering a golden chance to snatch victory in Saturday's 2-2 draw.

The Red Devils were hoping to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season at the bet365 Stadium, but fell behind with two minutes left in the first half when Stoke summer signing Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored.

Mourinho acknowledged United had lacked rhythm after the worldwide break, but he was still frustrated to see his team lose their unblemished record as they conceded for the first time this term.

"It's easy to feel it that some of the players were not with the sharpness and intensity and with the decision-making", he said.

"We will always try and go up against teams", Hughes said.

"So I'm not disappointed with the players, I'm not critical with it, it's just a natural effect. It is not what we came for but a point is a point".

"I'm not satisfied with a point because we were the team closer to winning".

"A draw was a fair result".

"One team tried to win, one team tried to get the point but they fought hard to get that point".

Lukaku's second-half strike boosted his tally to four goals from four Premier League matches, with Mourinho insisting the Belgian's overall package consists of more than just hitting the scoresheet. "But they did well and physically they were very strong and they probably deserved the point". I prefer not to answer the question because your question is really a bad question.

Manchester United conceded for the first time this season and dropped their first points against an impressive Stoke City, who posed major questions throughout a riveting contest. "It makes it look like it's my fault but that's not right". "Maybe that's why he didn't want to shake my hand". It has to be viewed as a negative result for him.

"Coming to Stoke City when everybody expected them to beat us is a negative". We have to know against teams like this you have to have a little bit more, you have to be concentrated and of course we're not happy with a point. "I have to get used to it sometimes".

This post was syndicated from The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper - Nigeria and World News.

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