Matic calls on Manchester United to show form of champions

Lukaku has proven he can cut it at the very top of the Premier League

Lukaku has proven he can cut it at the very top of the Premier League

Mourinho later said it had been the kind of game in which the absent Marouane Fellaini's physicality was needed - a suggestion that rankled with Hughes.

Matic, speaking after the game, noted that Man United could draw confidence from the fighting spirit they showed to come back against Stoke.

It was the first time United had failed to win in the Premier League so far, and Old Trafford manager Mourinho did not shake hands with Hughes after the match.

United's focus now turns to tomorrow evening's Champions League opener against Basel, whereas Stoke have time to work ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Newcastle.

Former Schalke forward Choupo-Moting has slotted in seamlessly since his summer arrival and impressed in scoring his first Stoke goals.

"He has the potential to be fighting for a position, opportunities and to be a Manchester United player".

Ferguson's successor Moyes was sacked after 10 months in charge while early promise under Van Gaal fizzled out, even though the Dutchman ended his reign by winning the FA Cup.

Jose Mourinho finally put his finger on the superstar who he thinks is the "best" player out of the plethora of talent he has coached over the years.

"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". It was the weight of the past on the shoulders of the players, managers, even boards, even probably owners, because when you are used to win and win and win, and suddenly you stop, it's like a heavy burden.

Despite Mourinho being given his marching orders following the loss at the hands of Ronald Koeman's Southampton, the impression Matic left on him lasted, seeing him look to Serbian in his second year at Manchester United.

'I know the qualities of the people, I know many things about social life, about private life, I know because even without working for that, the informations are arriving'.

Not only was Mourinho impressed with Matic's reaction to a hard situation, but he then knew he could trust the player, and described him as one of "his guys".

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