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STOKE CITY 2-2 MANCHESTER UNITED: A POINT GAINED OR TWO DROPPED AS HOME SIDE ENDS VISITORS' BRIL


The Red Devils were held to a draw in Staffordshire having both trailed and led, leaving mixed feelings for Jose Mourinho

History tells us that there’s an automatic conversion between a Jose Mourinho team recording four straight wins to start a Premier League season and them going on to win the title. On all three occasions his Chelsea side opened the campaign with 12 points from 12, they won the league, but every time they collected anything less there was no silverware for them come May.

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On Saturday, Manchester United were unable to match the feats of their manager’s title-winning sides as they were held to a 2-2 draw in a pulsating encounter away to Stoke City which asked them a whole heap of questions they had not had to even consider when strolling to their first three successes of the league season.

Not only were they forced to come from behind for the first time this term, they then had to cope with a team pegging them back too as Mark Hughes’ Potters made them work right to the bitter end. Mourinho had been asking for just such a test.