'Don't blame me for Hughes handshake snub'

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Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has defended Romelu Lukaku after the striker missed a late chance to claim all three points, during the 2-2 draw with Stoke. It was perfectly understandable, though part of me would have liked to see more of the Mata-Henrikh Mkhitaryan-Paul Pogba creative axis.

Matic is someone who knows all about what it takes to win the Premier League, and has made it very clear that if United want to be top of the pile come the end of May, one point against Stoke is not enough.

MARK HUGHES was rebuffed in a second attempt to shake hands with Jose Mourinho after Saturday's touchline spat.

The Telegraph add Mourinho shunned Hughes again in the tunnel as the Stoke manager pursued him to the dressing room.

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.

As the final whistle blew, Mourinho refused to shake Hughes' hand.

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

"It makes it look like it's my fault, my problem, and your question is not correct, I'm sorry".

"Goodness knows, we had too many free-kicks against us, but that wasn't because we're a physical team, it was because the referee misinterpreted too many things in my view".

"I'm not disappointed with the players, I'm not critical with them", he told reporters.

The fall-out over Mourinho's BBC interview exit also threatens to overshadow the weekend for United before they welcome FC Basel to Old Trafford in the Champions League on Tuesday.

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