Nemanja Matic explains how Manchester United can win the Premier League

Now, two seasons later, the mature reaction of Matic has stuck in the mind of Mourinho, with the Red Devils boss as he spoke out about the professionalism of his player.

The 20-time English champions have won three of their opening four Premier League games before their stalemate with Stoke City.

Jose Mourinho, walking away, did not shake hands after the draw between Man United and Stoke.

Hughes said his team - and their style - had changed from Stoke sides of the past, adding: "This is my fifth season, and since we've changed we've had better success in relative terms and in terms of league position".

The Serbia worldwide was also a key part of the Chelsea side that won the title again under Antonio Conte last term, making the club's decision to allow him to depart for Old Trafford all the more surprising.

"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".

"It's always important if you can come from behind, and I think we showed spirit".

Matic featured yesterday as United drew 2-2 away to Stoke City.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that he "feels weaker" without the presence of Marouane Fellainiin his first-team squad.

We didn't keep going for a long time because a few weeks later I was sacked. 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.

While Lukaku left Stamford Bridge for Everton early on in Mourinho's second spell in charge, the Portuguese said: "Lukaku was my player as a kid".

Mourinho stressed that he has always had a close relationship with Matic even after he brought him on and then substituted him during Chelsea's defeat to Southampton two seasons ago.

On Matic, Mourinho added: "I can not say that I had better guys than him in my career".

"Even if [Eric] Bailly and [Phil] Jones were not suspended, probably I would still play Lindelof and Smalling tomorrow".

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