Stoke hold firm to deny Manchester United

Romelu Lukaku on target again but Jose Mourinho's side forced to settle for a point

The Stoke players defend a set piece. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

The Stoke players defend a set piece. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

 

Stoke City 2 Manchester United 2

Maxim Choupo-Moting’s double ended Manchester United’s winning start to the Premier League as Stoke emerged with a creditable draw against Jose Mourinho’s men.

Three wins, 10 goals and a hat-trick of clean sheets had given the Old Trafford giants a strong start to the season, yet City boss Mark Hughes spoke of weaknesses in his former club’s armoury ahead of Saturday evening’s encounter.

Choupo-Moting gave credence to his manager’s claim during an entertaining 2-2 draw at the bet365 Stadium, where Stoke’s summer signing opened the scoring and would later secure a point after Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku scored for table-topping United.

Hughes’ well-drilled side took great pride in ending the Premier League’s last remaining 100 per cent record - and the City boss clearly got under Mourinho’s skin as no full-time handshake was forthcoming.

The pair’s duel on the touchline was as entertaining at times as the match itself, with Choupo-Moting punishing Eric Bailly’s listless defending to put Stoke ahead.

Stoke City’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scores their second goal. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters
Stoke City’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scores their second goal. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

United produced a response as impressive as it was swift after seeing their goal breached for the first time this campaign, with Paul Pogba’s header off Rashford followed by Lukaku putting his side on course for victory.

That would prove beyond Mourinho’s men, though, as a sensational David De Gea stop brought a corner from which Choupo-Moting lost Phil Jones to head home.

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