Mourinho reacts to Lukaku's late miss against Stoke City


"You can mention the amount of finance they can throw at their team but it is what it is, we know that".

"We tried to win in the last 20 minutes, that was clear, but we couldn't and we can say we could score more goals and win, yes, but we could also not concede that second goal, which was really a bad goal to concede". So I'm not disappointed with the players, I'm not critical with it, it's just a natural effect. In the end, as he accepted, a draw was a just result.

In typical fashion, however, the "Special One" claimed that Stoke were focused on securing a draw rather than victory themselves.

That was disingenuous: Stoke carried a real threat.

The Telegraph add Mourinho shunned Hughes again in the tunnel as the Stoke manager pursued him to the dressing room. We were up against the best side in the Premier League judging by what they have shown so far.

"I thought we went toe to toe with them", he said.

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As the final whistle blew, Mourinho refused to shake Hughes' hand.

This followed an incident in which Hughes seemed to be upset at a United foul from which his team were awarded a free kick.

After refusing to shake the hand of his rival manager Mark Hughes and arrogantly proclaiming his opponents were little more than long-ball merchants intent on destroying the lovely game, this was Groundhog Day for seasoned Mourinho watchers.

During his post-match interview, the Stoke City manager said: "I pushed him because he was in my technical area". "I don't speak about stupid things", he told the BBC.

The £200,000 of fines and succession of touchline and stadium bans he has picked up during his time in English football should serve as evidence that he gets very little out of vendettas that only produce results if his players are willing to embrace them and he would be wise to put the Mr Angry routine back in its box before it overcomes him once more.

Mourinho was irritated when asked about the incident.