"They weren't performing at their normal level but we were in the game, we fought hard and we were closer to winning than losing".
"I think they were excellent and we needed to step up to the challenge".
Jose Mourinho's men attracted plenty of admirers for their impressive start to the campaign, but they were not at their best in front of goal and Choupo-Moting inspired Stoke to a commendable point at the bet365 Stadium.
United soon woke up and troubled their opposition in a similar fashion, as Lukaku latched on to Rashford's pass and crossed towards Pogba, whose back-heeled effort was deflected behind.
- No player has scored more goals in their first four Premier League games for Manchester United than Lukaku (4, same as Louis Saha, Robin van Persie and Zlatan Ibrahimovic). During the match the two clashed when Mourinho wandered near his opposite number.
"I pushed him because he was in my technical area", Hughes admitted. "Maybe that's why he didn't want to shake my hand".
"Maybe it's because it could be viewed as a negative result for him".
"In fairness I have my history with handshakes".
"Sometimes managers of the top-six clubs don't take negative results too kindly and maybe he reacted the wrong way".
Hughes has previously had issues regarding the post-match formality with managers including Tony Pulis (twice), Roberto Mancini, Martin Jol and Arsène Wenger.
Mourinho refused to discuss the bust-up in his postmatch news conference but walked out of a BBC interview after insisting he had not instigated the altercation. "I don't speak about stupid things, I'm too old for that, talking about stupid things is for stupid people".
"We tried to win in the last 20 minutes, that was clear, but we couldn't and we can say we could score more goals and win, yes, but we could also not concede that second goal, which was really a bad goal to concede". Because it looks like is my fault, is my problem. "And your question is not correct, I'm sorry".