EPL: Red Devils face tricky Stoke


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho praised Romelu Lukaku's all-round performance against Stoke City despite the striker squandering a golden chance to snatch victory in Saturday's 2-2 draw.

United are still top of the Premier League on goal difference, but Matic was frustrated by the result.

This will be a tough game.

"Now we have to face Stoke and we've had four seasons without winning there".

"But we know that the Premier League and Champions League in the next two matches is where the quality is, where the difficulties are, so we know that it's going to be hard".

"So I don't know what the stats are, but I'd argue that in general play they played more long balls than we did because they've got that threat and that's what they try to exploit".

"Then you as a team you have to defend that corner after such an important save, but we couldn't".

N'Golo Kante scored the second goal against his former club soon after half-time to extend Chelsea's lead after Alvaro Morata claimed his third goal in four league games since moving from Real Madrid.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored twice as Stoke ended Manchester United's 100% start to the new Premier League season.

But they will be without captain Ryan Shawcross (back injury) while close-season signing Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is working hard to be fit after returning from worldwide duty with Cameroon, nursing a slight hamstring injury.

"I think it's a bit lazy of people to keep on reverting to that "Stoke are a physical team" thing".

Manchester United will switch their focus to the Champions League on Wednesday night when the Red Devils host Swiss side Basel in their group-stage opener.

"One team wanted to win, another team wanted to draw", Mourinho said.

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Although the result saw United's flawless start to 2017-18 ended, Mourinho says that optimism remains around Old Trafford.