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Jose Mourinho claimed his confidence in his Manchester United side remains intact despite seeing Stoke City end their ideal start to the Premier League season with a 2-2 draw.

Manchester United dropped points for the first time this season after levelling the match with the Potters.

Mourinho saw poor defending for both of the Cameroon international's goals cost his side a fourth successive victory at the start of the season, but he declared himself pleased with United's position on top of the table, ahead of Manchester City on goal difference. It came after the Belgian's initial effort was saved by Jack Butland following a sublime pass from Henrikh Mkhitaryan which carved open the Stoke defence.

"Four matches, 10 points, top of the league, we are OK".

"A draw was a fair result. We had the lead in the second half but they scored a goal from the corner kick".

When Mourinho's comments were put to Mark Hughes, Stoke's manager said: "What do you think?"

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He gained 107 yards in their second meeting last season but keep in mind that was without the star defensive lineman on the field. The Giants were able to hold a team that averaged 26.3 points per game to that same number, total , in both games a year ago .

As the final whistle blew, Mourinho refused to shake Hughes' hand. "We want to win titles this season and I'm happy that I'm part of this great club".

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

Asked about the handshake, Hughes said: "I pushed him because he was in my technical area".

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 attractive game, this was Groundhog Day for seasoned Mourinho watchers.

"Maybe it's because it has to be viewed as a negative result for him, coming to Stokewhen everybody expected them to beat us".

"I don't speak about stupid things, I'm too old for that".