Pogba leads Man Utd to winning start

Man Utd transfer news Jose Mourinho

Speaking after United's 2-1 win over Leicester City on the opening night of the Premier League season, Mourinho admitted he had accepted his club's failure to produce the new signings he craved, most notably a central defender.

The midfielder featured in two of United's friendlies but Mourinho insists that he didn't have a pre-season and must therefore start in the same position as the players who have just returned from extended holidays after the World Cup.

After the match Mourinho said: "Mr Scudamore must be happy, it's a good way to start the Premier League".

His eye-roll, picked up by Sky Sports cameras as Paul Pogba took his seat on the bench, indicated that Martial is generally getting fed up with being left on the bench by his manager.

Speaking afterwards, Pogba said: "Luke is someone who works very hard in training".

Pogba has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this week after stories emerged that the Frenchman has grown unsettled by some of Mourinho's comments during the summer.

As ESPN's Rob Dawson says: "Mourinho and Pogba's frosty relationship is a puzzle Manchester United must solve".

Pogba's penalty two minutes was, what I guess you can say, weird?

"A good match. A match where I needed six changes not three". Leicester were strong in a few periods of the game, but we coped with that as a team which is also an important thing.

We have big and multi-functional coaching staffs, and I think we are more the head coach than the manager.

But considering Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly had played so little together in their time at United - just 99 minutes in total before Friday's game - they looked pretty solid and sturdy at the back. I don't think he's helping the cause and he's the one who has to get these deals over the line.

According to the Daily Mirror, United chiefs have told Mourinho that the club needs to be more like their neighbours - both on and off the pitch.

Yes, Marcus Rashford missed a couple of half-chances, but there was nothing clear-cut, while Romelu Lukaku should have scored when he was clean through but Kasper Schmeichel made a superb save.

"I don't think I was playing as well as I could with my attacking capabilities last season, and that's what I'm known for".



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