Friday, 21 September, 2018

Jose Mourinho: 'Manchester United left in a hard position'

Harry Maguire is expected to start for Leicester at Old Trafford on Friday after being a Manchester United target Harry Maguire is expected to start for Leicester at Old Trafford on Friday after being a Manchester United target
Kristopher Love | 11 August, 2018, 22:02

Manchester United's Paul Pogba netted from the spot in the victory over Leicester (Nick Potts/PA).

Jose Mourinho heaped praise on Paul Pogba after handing him the captain's armband during the Premier League 2018-19 season opener at Old Trafford on Friday, August 10.

His message sparked a flurry of tweets from United fans looking for hidden meanings, with some seeking reassurance that the player was settled at Old Trafford and not likely to jump ship to Barcelona.

The Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester will be broadcast on NBCSN.

The United boss clashed several times with Shaw last season but he was jubilant following the left-back's goal last night, rushing over to his staff to celebrate. We played very well, the performance was OK.

The hosts got a much-needed lift after just two minutes when Daniel Amartey was harshly adjudged by referee Andre Mariner to have handled Alexis Sanchez's shot.

At the other end, Andreas Pereira, making his first United appearance since February 2016, looked sharp in midfield alongside Pogba.

The report puts up another difference between the management and manager as they believe in keeping players such as Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba.

"I find myself in the beginning of the Premier League with the market closed in the situation I thought I was not going to be in", he told Sky Sports.

The only thing missing from Leicester's display was a killer instinct in the final third before Jamie Vardy's second-half introduction, though his stoppage-time effort was too little, too late, as Shaw's first senior goal seven minutes from time proved decisive in the final reckoning.

"It was nearly as if they were saying 'look this is Old Trafford, and we are United - this is how we play'". The players gave everything, they gave what they had.

Mourinho said "football is changing, and managers should be called head coaches" after beating Leicester, who he flagged as a side that should not be underestimated as they "invest more than us".

Mourinho had aired his grievances over United's lack of transfer activity on a disastrous preseason tour, and again in the pre-match press conference on Thursday.