Stoke star Marko Arnautovic is ready to prove Jose Mourinho wrong

Hughes is just delighted he has kept Arnautovic in a red-and-white striped shirt after being linked with United, Everton, Liverpool, Tottenham and AC Milan in the summer.

And Sparky said: “On his day, Marko’s an explosive game-changing footballer. At the top level those are coveted by everybody.

“We are very fortunate that he’s comfortable and happy here and we want him to be part of any success we have in the future.”

And Hughes can’t wait to return to his own Theatre of Dreams where he was a goal-scoring hero in the red of United – but he will not flinch from sticking the knife in to his old club.

He said: “I was very fortunate to have so many great years there.

“Clearly they are one of the top teams and as a football manager I want to beat the best. I want to win.”

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