Hughes also accused United of playing more long balls than Stoke as he hit back at Mourinho’s implied criticism in the wake of Saturday’s draw in the Potteries.
Mourinho declared Stoke defensive and claimed United had needed injured midfielder Marouane Fellaini with the clear implication that Stoke relied on a physical approach.
“That’s just an easy swipe at us,” said Hughes. “You could argue United played more long balls and why wouldn’t they, because they’ve got power and pace to burn?
“I don’t know what the stats are but I’d argue that in general play they played more long balls than we did because they’ve got that threat.
“It’s a bit lazy of people to keep on reverting to that ‘Stoke are a physical team’ thing.”