Jose Mourinho backs Phil Jones after criticism from Rio Ferdinand

Posted September 10, 2017

Stoke City vs Manchester United: The teams Stoke City and Manchester United are going to face against each other today in the English Premier League.

Jose Mourinho admits he is not pleased with his Manchester United side's 2-2 draw away at Stoke City as he felt his men were the closer of the two teams to taking all three points.

This will be a close game and I am leaning towards a narrow Man Utd win with Rashford to score the victor.

Jose Mourinho: "They are aggressive, defend with a lot of people and are unsafe on the counter-attack". At the end of the game, the 54-year-old United boss went straight to the Potters' assistant managers and coaches, completing ignoring Hughes.

'It seems if you cross against Premier League sides now you always have a chance because defenders aren't brought up on real defending, they're brought up to be good on the ball first and foremost.

Already trailing to a Sergio Aguero goal, Liverpool conceded two more to Gabriel Jesus on either side of halftime and fell to a rare five-goal defeat when Leroy Sane also scored twice in the final quarter of an hour.

Stoke began the better.

Jose Mourinho's men had the lead but couldn't hold on to it as Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's brace earned the hosts a point. Xherdan Shaqiri took it but overhit his effort. "They defended well, they counter-attacked and in set-pieces they are powerful".

Ander Herrera was handed his first league start of the season, with Juan Mata being dropped to the bench. The Armenian had been magnificent in the opening three games of the season, picking up a stunning total of five assists, all while playing as a number 10.

Having gone 2-1 ahead, United needed to see the game out or score another to solidify the result.

60th min CHANCE - A stunning save from David De Gea denied him a goal.

Mark Hughes says a few players picked up injuries over the worldwide break, with Kurt Zouma (ankle), Darren Fletcher and Mame Biram Diouf (both knee) all doubtful.

Lukaku netted his fourth goal for United since joining from Everton after the break.

Cameroon worldwide Choupo-Moting opened the scoring for the host before drawing his side back level after Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford had struck for the visitors. The equaliser was scored by Marcus Rashford, who knew precious little about it, but it owed everything to Nemanja Matic's leap to guide Henrikh Mkhitaryan's corner towards Paul Pogba.