Man United held 1-1 by last-place Stoke in Premier League

"We knocked it around at times which is a good sign for the weeks to come".

Mourinho told his postmatch news conference: "I am very happy with the performance but, when the result should be us scoring five or six and it's 1-1, then happiness disappears and frustration with the result comes".

Manager Jose Mourinho chose to go with an unchanged starting lineup from last weekend's 4-1 win over Leicester City, which means there was no place for Rooney again. I need the players to play, I need to see them in different circumstances, I need to understand more about them.

- Lee Grant made eight saves versus Manchester United; the joint-most by a goalkeeper in a Premier League game this season.

Despite this public show of support by Jose Mourinho, Wayne Rooney is expected to start on the bench against Stoke City with Mata expected to play in the number 10 position, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford expected to start up-front.

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Allen gave a fine display in the middle of the park and was a fitting scorer, belting home from two yards, when the Potters finally caught United on the break. It could have been 3-0 or 4-0 at half-time and six or seven at the end of the game.

"Against Leicester, the result made a lot more than the performance and today was exactly the opposite".

Stoke are enduring a rough start to the season of their own, and Hughes will want to exploit United's "transitional" period, as he put it. They wanted to kill the game.

The Portuguese boss added: "You can sometimes have draws where what you do does nothing to change the result".

"The players and I did everything". He explained: "We looked at their games and that was something that was certainly highlighted".

"We will play worse and win games. we had 90 minutes of control, we had 90 minutes of ambition".

Stoke had lost their last 13 games at this ground, last gathering a point in 1980, but Grant's refusal to buckle on just his second top-flight appearance, coupled with Pogba's wasteful treatment of three gilt-edged chances, cost them dear.

United had opportunities late on in the 1-1 draw, not least when Paul Pogba, wayward on several occasions in each half, headed against the crossbar from a couple of yards.

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