Manchester United’s “beautiful” football against Stoke should have been rewarded with a big win rather than a 1-1 draw, said manager Jose Mourinho.
Joe Allen’s goal denied United victory in what Mourinho described as his side’s best performance of the season.
“It could have been one of these fat results,” he told BBC Sport. “It could have been 5-0 or 6-0.
“We had big chances, with amazing saves and big misses. We will play worse and win games for sure.”
United dominated possession and had 24 shots – nine of which were on target and 16 from inside the box.
Anthony Martial gave them the lead on 69 minutes but Allen capitalised on a spill from United goalkeeper David de Gea to punish the hosts’ lax first-half finishing.
Paul Pogba rattled the bar with a header as United mounted a late siege on the Stoke goal, but Mark Hughes’ side clung on.
Mourinho said his team played better than they had during last weekend’s 4-1 victory over champions Leicester and the 2-0 home win over Southampton on 19 August.