Stoke City 2-2 Manchester United: Three things we learnt

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Manchester United's ideal start to the new Premier League season was finally put to rest after a resilient Stoke City defence managed to hold the Red Devils to a 2-2 draw, courtesy of a brace from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Jose Mourinho's men probably spared themselves a halftime dressing down over their poor defending by bouncing back two minutes later with a freakish equaliser that cannoned into the net off the back of Marcus Rashford's head from Paul Pogba's forceful header. "There was a time when he came in my technical area and I told him to get out but apart from that...maybe that's what upset him".

Mourinho said: "It is not the moment to speak, he knows the mistake, he doesn't need me to go in and speak with him about it, so no problem".

Romelu Lukaku has hit the ground running with three goals in as many games, while Henrik Mkhitaryan, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have all contributed in the final third at a time when the trio needed to prove themselves at different stages of their United career.

Given the fact that Manchester United have failed to win at the bet365/Britannia Stadium since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, Jose Mourinho will probably reflect on the 2-2 draw against Stoke City as a decent point for his men to pick up.

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The Stoke winger and former Basel man was part of a recent interview with Swiss paper Blick, and he might have given some insight on how the Premier League giants can be beaten.

Stoke earned a deserved point from a 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Stanley Matthews Way on Saturday. In fairness, I've got history with non-handshakes so maybe it's me! "I don't speak about stupid things, I'm too old for that, talking about stupid things is for stupid people", the Portuguese said. "I think fear we don't have for sure, confidence we have, but we have to make sure the right level of confidence is there".

Lukaku made it eight goals in six games for club and country against Greece in Piraeus earlier this week and his pace has enhanced a United attack which often resorted to long balls with Ibrahimovic in the side.

Juan Mata and Ander Herrera have played important roles at Manchester United since Jose Mourinho's arrival. Stoke have half of United's points haul, collecting five from four games.