Correct though, on evidence of a fascinating contest that fluctuated one way then the other and ended with United loosening their grip on top spot.
And Matic, who won the title with Chelsea last season, told MUTV: "If we want to be champions, we have to win games like this because in these games, if you win, you are champion".
The United manager insisted afterwards only his team had tried to win the game - Hughes disagreed - while ruing the absence of Marouane Fellaini, who was ruled out with a calf injury. "You can mention the amount of finance they can throw at their team but it is what it is, we know that".
After trailing to Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's first half goal, United were on course for their fourth successive league win until the Cameroon forward punished a slip from Phil Jones to head his second of the game.
"It's always important to be at the top of the table if you can".
Lukaku, who scored United's second goal of the afternoon, had a chance to net the victor late on, but he steered Anthony Martial's cross over the bar.
"I hope they'll continue to play well; the season has really only just started and we have many games until the end, so I am hopeful that they can continue to do well".
"I'm not sure why he didn't want to shake my hand, I didn't think there were any issues".
United welcome Basel to Old Trafford on Tuesday as they kick off their Champions League campaign.