What We Learned From Manchester United's 2-2 draw with Stoke City

Rachel Hardy
September 10, 2017

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was largely untroubled throughout the game as Everton managed to get just one of their 12 shots on target while six of Spurs' 15 efforts were on target.

Mame Diouf (knee) could also return to contention, but winger Maxim Choupo-Moting is doubtful after straining his hamstring while on global duty with Cameroon.

United failed to unlock Stoke's defence at the end and saw their run of three successive wins come to an end. They could have won, they probably should have, but in the end, they drew.

United had appeared on course to snatch victory in an entertaining match but were denied when home striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting headed home his second of the game soon after the hour to ensure that honours ended even.

Jose Mourinho's Manchester United are now top of the division with a maximum nine points, boasting wins over West Ham United, Swansea City and Leicester City without conceding a goal. They scored three goals in three minutes against Swansea, West Ham were comfortable for 25 minutes before throwing the towel in and, as I said before, Leicester had good chances at Old Trafford where a top quality team would have punished them.

Romelu Lukaku put the visitors ahead midway through the second-half when he poked his finish past Jack Butland at the second attempt. United may have brushed aside West Ham and Swansea easily, but Stoke are notoriously hard to break down. It isn't the worst result in the world but after Manchester City scored so many goals earlier on Saturday, United would have loved the win. Or will the Potters prove up to the task and take points from the league leaders at home in the bet365 stadium?

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Stoke's equaliser came from a Shaqiri corner.

Mourinho will no doubt be proud of his players manful response to that 43rd-minute setback, though.

Stoke boss Hughes said after the game: 'I pushed him because he was in my technical area. I'm not quite sure why he didn't want to shake my hand.

"My aim is always to score or get an assist so I'm very happy we didn't lose and I'm happy for my first goals for Stoke - I hope to continue like that". Sometimes, because they're not used to having to take negative results, sometimes they react in the wrong way.

Yet Mourinho, left, was irritated when asked about the incident.

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