Nemanja Matic has warned Manchester United that they can not afford too many repeats of their 2-2 draw at Stoke if they are to land the Premier League title.
As reported by The Telegraph, the Stoke manager told his counterpart to "f**k off" after the Manchester United manager encroached into his technical area.
The Red Devils surrendered a second-half lead to settle for a 2-2 draw with Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday evening following goals from Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku. Both Phil Jones and Eric Bailly were poor.
Mourinho then opted against shaking Hughes' hand at the final whistle.
The Telegraph add Mourinho shunned Hughes again in the tunnel as the Stoke manager pursued him to the dressing room.
"I pushed him because he was in my technical area", Hughes said. "Coming to Stoke City when everybody expected them to beat us is a negative". Sometimes managers of top-six clubs don't take negative results too kindly. I prefer not to answer the question because your question is a bad question.
"Maybe he reacted in the wrong way".
Mourinho brushed aside the handshake issue in his post-match press conference.
Although the result saw United's flawless start to 2017-18 ended, Mourinho says that optimism remains around Old Trafford.
"I know after national teams there are no miracles or injuries or fatigue or lack of concentration and we had a little bit of everything. We didn't allow them as much space and everything I asked the guys to do, they fulfilled".
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.