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Mourinho: United "not the same" after international break

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho believes his players are not the same after the international break following their 2-2 against Stoke City in the Premier League.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting put Mark Hughes' side ahead, before Marcus Rashford leveled the tie in the 45th minute. 

United took the lead just after the hour-mark through Romelu Lukaku but failed to maintain their 100 percent start to the season as Choupo-Moting headed home his second in the 63rd minute to earn Stoke a point. 

"It was a difficult match for different reasons," Mourinho said on BT Sport.  

"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. 

"Stoke are big, strong and powerful in the air. They fought hard and probably deserved a point. 

"A point is a point. It is not what we came for but a point is a point." 

While Stoke manager Mark Hughes praised his player's start to the season after some tough fixtures which has seen them defeat Arsenal and record draws against West Brom and now United. 

"It’s been a difficult start for us in terms of the fixtures the computer has thrown up but we’ve had good performances," Hughes said on BT Sport. 

"I thought it was a magnificent performance today against arguably the best team up to this point in Manchester United and the threat they gave us. 

"I thought it was a better performance than the winning performance against Arsenal." 

And the former Manchester City boss shrugged off Mourinho refusing to shake his hand after the game. 

"I’m not quite sure what happened," Hughes added.  

"I seem to get involved in handshake issues. It’s not the first time, it won’t be the last. 

"I offered my hand but Jose didn’t want to take it. Maybe he was upset about the result. The top managers don’t like it when they get the bad results. I have to get used to it sometimes."



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