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"Of course, it will be a hard season for everybody".

On top of the quick turnaround from the World Cup in Russian Federation, a shortened transfer window that closes 24 hours before the season kicks off has left many teams scrambling to get stronger at the last minute - none more so than Manchester United.

Jamie Vardy pulled a goal back for Leicester in stoppage time to give them some reward for a good performance against last season's runners-up.

Boateng originally joined Bayern from United's arch-rivals Manchester City in 2011, and has since amassed a significant trophy cabinet, with six Bundesliga titles and three DFB-Pokals to his name alongside the World Cup. "We've had success with him a lot in the past and I know him very well".

Of Pogba's penalty, which came after just 75 seconds, he said: "A very good penalty taker". Eric Bailly did superbly to deny Iheanacho, and Vardy bundled Shaw off the ball to send in a cross that Gray nearly flicked home.

"He worked amazingly well Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and he's one of the players that I have to speak to see how physically and mentally he feels".

Mourinho had warned the Red Devils that they could be in for a tough season but it is up to the players now to get a confidence-boosting win in the season opener.

United would put matters to rest minutes later though, when Shaw's first touch from an Alexis Sanchez cross took a fortuitous bounce and the former Southampton defender pounced and fired a shot past Schmeichel to double his team's lead. Forget the name, forget the history, forget the shirts, every team is a good team and every match is hard'.

"It's important to win and play well", Mourinho said.

As the clock passed the hour mark, Claude Puel made a pair of changes, bringing Vardy on for Maddison and new arrival Rachid Ghezzal for Amartey, with Mourinho subbing Markus Rashford for Lukaku shortly after.

"Fantastic spirit and I think periods of very good football and in the periods where Leicester were stronger we played as a team and we coped well with the situation". We had chances to score in the first half.

While Mourinho was happy with his team's effort against Leicester, he refused to be drawn on whether his team would be genuine title contenders this year after finishing in second place, 19 points behind champions Manchester City, last season.



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