Stoke City boss Hughes disappointed with defeat to Manchester United
Stoke City were at the cusp of putting Manchester United to the sword at their home, but the Premier League champions bounced back in time for a traditional comeback win. Mark Hughes’ side led the proceedings till the 78th minute of the game, but two quick goals in the span of two minutes robbed Stoke City of their opportunity to end a 37-year long winless run at Old Trafford.
Peter Crouch drew first blood in the game to put Stoke City ahead in the third minute of the game. Stoke City played well until halftime, but slipped just before the interval, allowing Robin van Persie to come up with an equalizer.
The game restarted after the break with both teams fighting at leveled playing fields. Stoke City took no time in scoring another early goal, this time courtesy of a curling free kick from the left wing by Marko Arnautovic.
Stoke City managed to keep their heads up till the 78th minute, when two quick goals from Manchester United changed the game from victory to defeat. Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez were two late saviors for Manchester United.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes was extremely disappointed with the outcome of the game. The former Manchester United player believes his side at least deserved a draw and a point from the game.
Hughes hailed his men for a heroic attempt to end their winless run at Old Trafford and urged them to continue with their superb form.
“I do think it was unjust, in terms of what we produced, the effort we put in and the chances we created,” Mark Hughes said. “I certainly felt in the first half we could have been three or 4-1 to the good in terms of chances created. I didn't think United created much apart from the key moments that took the game away from us.
“We're really disappointed given the level of performance we produced. We had a game plan today which needed commitment, it needed people to be brave and do the hard yards that affected the game, and that's what we did. I thought my players were excellent, they took the game to United and really shook them.”