Monday, 24 September, 2018

Pogba penalty run-up after Sanchez row steals show as Man Utd win

Harry Maguire GETTY Man Utd targeted Harry Maguire but he stayed at Leicester
Kristopher Love | 11 August, 2018, 18:00

Manchester United kicked off the new Premier League season with a 2-1 win over Leicester at Old Trafford.

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".

"I am [also] very pleased for Luke", Mourinho said. "We have to wait until the end of November to understand if we can fight for the title".

After sealing deals for Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant by early July, last season's Premier League runners-up were unable to add further despite the Portuguese's explicit desire to bring in two more players. They [Leicester] spent more money than us, so in the Premier League we must get used to teams with players of the same quality that we have.

With his open to interpretation message, Manchester United fans replied and asked if this meant he wasn't happy at the club and wanted to leave.

Yes, they went ahead inside the first three minutes through Paul Pogba's penalty, but what was important was the way they went after Leicester right from the off.

Having led France to World Cup glory only a few weeks ago, the 25-year-old wasn't expected to feature for United until gameweek two at the earliest. "We thought he would manage maximum 60 minutes and he went much longer", said Mourinho.

Pundit Paul Merson has told Sky Sports News (09/08/2018, 15:30) that he would buy Tottenham Hotspur's Mousa Dembele to replace Paul Pogba at Manchester United.

Mourinho also confirmed Pogba had his blessing to take the penalty after what appeared to be a disagreement with Alexis Sanchez.

'The manager puts names out, after that it is how we feel, ' he said.

"I didn't have any preseason games, I came back on Monday so it was very hard for the legs", Pogba said. I didn't win a Premier League, didn't win a Champions League or European Championship'.

United starts the season just like it started the match: perfectly.

Pogba was a monster.

Pereira impressed in pre-season and did so again on Friday evening as he made his first league start for the Reds in a deep-lying central midfield role.