"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. We had the lead in the second half but they scored a goal from the corner kick".
When Jose doesn't get what he wants, his eagerness to promote a sense of injustice bubbles to the surface, with anyone he can find to explain away his disappointment considered to be fair game in a PR campaign created to protect the reputation of him and his team.
Mourinho saw poor defending for both of the Cameroon international's goals cost his side a fourth successive victory at the start of the season, but he declared himself pleased with United's position on top of the table, ahead of Manchester City on goal difference. In the end, as he accepted, a draw was a just result.
That was disingenuous: Stoke carried a real threat.
The bust-up happened when Stoke manager Hughes got annoyed at Mourinho entering his technical area when they squabbled over a foul.
"I'm not disappointed with the players, I'm not critical with them", he told reporters.
Mourinho refused to criticise defender Phil Jones for giving Choupo-Moting a free header for Stoke's equaliser, and played down a spat with Hughes.
The spat so angered Mourinho that he made a point of shaking the hand of every member of the Stoke staff except Hughes at the final whistle.
When speaking with the BBC about the incident, Mourinho was quite irritated.
"I'm not sure why he didn't want to shake my hand, I didn't think there were any issues".
Mourinho was irritated when asked about the incident.
The tiff between the pair came after Hughes had pushed Mourinho when the latter encroached into the Stoke manager's technical area. "Coming to Stoke City when everybody expected them to beat us is a negative".