Stoke lost their season opener at Everton but then beat Arsenal before back-to-back draws away to West Brom and now at home to United, to get back on track.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting fired the Potters ahead only for Marcus Rashford to level before the break. Romelu Lukaku was then on target for United in the second half but Choupo-Moting’s second in the 63rd minute earned Stoke a point, much to the delight of Hughes.
“It’s been a difficult start for us in terms of the fixtures the computer has thrown up but we’ve had good performances,” Hughes said on BT Sport.
“I thought it was a magnificent performance today against arguably the best team up to this point in Manchester United and the threat they gave us.
“I thought it was a better performance than the winning performance against Arsenal.”
At the end of the match, Jose Mourinho appeared to refuse the offer of a handshake from Hughes, but the Stoke boss shrugged it off.
“I’m not quite sure what happened,” he said. “I seem to get involved in handshake issues. It’s not the first time, it won’t be the last.
“I offered my hand but Jose didn’t want to take it. Maybe he was upset about the result. The top managers don’t like it when they get the bad results. I have to get used to it sometimes.”