It was a tempestuous affair on the touchline, with Hughes shoving Mourinho away from his technical area during the second half, before the Portuguese left the dugout at full-time without offering a handshake.
"Jose wanted to reorganise his defence after a foul and Hughes pushed him as he walked over and told Jose to f-- off".
"Maybe that's why he didn't want to shake my hand". It all started in 2009 with Sam Allardyce.
"That's just an easy swipe at us really", Hughes said.
"Sometimes, because they're not used to having to take negative results, sometimes they react in the wrong way".
United's flawless start to the season ended on Saturday at the bet365 Stadium, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's brace sealing a draw for Mark Hughes' side.
"Maybe he reacted in the wrong way".
Hughes was confused by Mourinho's behaviour, adding: "I seem to get involved in handshake issues. It makes it look like it's my fault but that's not right", he said.
Though Mourinho might draw comfort from the hint his team gave of their own spirit in their response to falling behind, he will appreciate how far they are from the finished article in their failure to see out victory once a lead had been restored.
"I think it probably is a fair result", Mourinho was quoted as saying by SkySports News.
"One team wanted to win, another team wanted to draw".
"They did well and physically very strong and they probably deserved the point".
Unsurprisingly, Hughes, who has secured home wins over Manchester City, Liverpool, United and Arsenal in his time in charge of Stoke, saw it differently.
"We have to know against teams like this you have to have a little bit more, you have to be concentrated and of course we're not happy with a point".