Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has defended Romelu Lukaku after the striker missed a late chance to claim all three points, during the 2-2 draw with Stoke.
Former Schalke forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting did the damage as his two goals nodded Stoke back into the game, taking advantage of an untimely slip by United defender Phil Jones.
MARK HUGHES was rebuffed in a second attempt to shake hands with Jose Mourinho after Saturday's touchline spat. That said, Stoke away was United's sternest test yet and on the balance of play, they passed. To be honest, it's always a tough game when you come to this stadium.
The spat so angered Mourinho that he made a point of shaking the hand of every member of the Stoke staff except Hughes at the final whistle. "Coming to Stoke City when everybody expected them to beat us is a negative".
"It's a negative. Sometimes managers of top-six clubs don't take negative results too kindly".
"Maybe he reacted in the wrong way".
"I prefer not to answer the question about handshakes, it's a bad question".
Mourinho brushed aside the handshake issue in his post-match press conference.
"I know after national teams (international matches) there are injuries or fatigue or lack of concentration, and we had a little bit of everything. I think they are all much of a muchness really".
United's next domestic outing will see them welcome record goalscorer Wayne Rooney back to Old Trafford with Everton, but before that they will open their Champions League campaign with a home date against Basel on Tuesday.
When Jose doesn't get what he wants, his eagerness to promote a sense of injustice bubbles to the surface, with anyone he can find to explain away his disappointment considered to be fair game in a PR campaign created to protect the reputation of him and his team.