Stoke City’s Choupo-Moting delighted with brace against Manchester United

Maxim Choupo-Moting swept the Potters into the lead in the 43rd minute before Marcus Rashford deflected Paul Pogba’s header home in the first minute of stoppage time in an eventful end to the first half. “It makes it look like it’s my fault but that’s not right”.

Romelu Lukaku fired United in front in the second half, but Choupo-Moting levelled from a corner in the 63rd minute and Lukaku spurned a chance for a victor when he swiped over from close range with 10 minutes to go.

Cape Town – Mark Hughes was left puzzled after Jose Mourinho did not engage in the customary post-match handshake following their teams’ 2-2 draw on Saturday.

He said: “I pushed him because he was in my technical area”.

“I’m not sure why he didn’t want to shake my hand, I didn’t think there were any issues”. “[Stoke] defended a lot and it is becoming quite trendy in the Premier League, this way of defending now”.

“It has to be viewed as a negative result for him”.

“It’s a negative. Sometimes managers of top-six clubs don’t take negative results too kindly”.

“Yeah, it’s great to see them score again and they are very important players for us”, added Matic.

“Maybe he reacted in the wrong way”.

“I hope there are more goals coming”. In fairness I have my history with handshakes.

While only three teams have drawn away to the Potters and won the league – United would join Leicester in 2015-16 and neighbours Manchester City in 2011-12 and 2013-14 should they win the title.

After a fast start to the game, it soon settled into a pattern as United dominated possession and forced Stoke back into their own half.

“A striker is always rated by assists and goals but I always try to play well and give 100% for the team”. “We’ll never just sit back and wait for the inevitable”. “You could argue United played more long balls and why wouldn’t they, because they’ve got power and pace to burn?”

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