‘Monster’ Pogba leads Manchester United to winning start

Jose Mourinho

After a week in which Pogba has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, with Barcelona's interest piqued by the Frenchman's frosty relationship with Mourinho after he was repeatedly dropped last season, the Portuguese showed his faith in the midfielder by surprisingly handing him the armband. "I have always been talking to the team-mates". Even tonight, I know I can be better and that is what I want to keep showing the manager.

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.

A 2-1 victory on Friday night, built around a stirring performance and an early penalty from World Cup victor Pogba as well as Luke Shaw's first career goal, might have been cause for good cheer but Mourinho chose the occasion to revisit his concerns over the club's recent business.

United had players that were recovering from World Cup duty with Paul Pogba a particular concern for their manager.

"He looks fed up and with what has come up from the America trip I don't see him lasting the season".

United were outstanding in the early stages and I think the Foxes were in shock at the way they came out of the blocks and took control of the game. Yet Anthony Martial, one of the French stars to miss out on a place in the World Cup squad, was left on the bench throughout. I need more changes but I couldn't. We planned to go to Old Trafford early yesterday to try to get Pogba's autograph before the players went off to their hotel, but had a delay with the vehicle hire at Manchester Airport and missed the team.

"So, obviously it's easier to go and speak and express yourself, and we went for an objective and the big one was to win". But at the same time, I feel I wanted more attack and I feel that Martial coming into the game in the last 20 minutes for Alexis could have given us the second goal to kill the game.

Barca's new signing has revealed that the Catalan giants have always been his team of choice on the playstation as he grew up dreaming of playing for the Camp Nou club.

The Guardian reports that Manchester United were not willing to go ahead with some of Jose Mourinho's targets in the summer as they did not believe the players were right for the team. "They're all here, they help me, my teammates, obviously it makes me want to give them love and give them good performances on the pitch".

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

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