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Mourinho hails ‘monster’ Pogba performance as Man Utd make winning start

Mourinho hails ‘monster’ Pogba performance as Man Utd make winning start

The England World Cup hero only returned to training on Monday but is still in line to start.

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.

This was the third time in a row that Leicester had conceded the first goal of the Premier League season. "Marcus Rashford was in trouble but he played", said Mourinho.

"It was not easy to manage the game from the touchline, but I told the players we had good periods, lots of glimpses of the type of football we wanted to play".

'Paul was fantastic. His contribution was unbelievable.

He added: "The thinking is he is a very good penalty taker and likes the responsibility of it and he is first choice".

But 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. Paul [Pogba] was fantastic - his contribution was awesome, but the fuel was disappearing every minute, so we were in trouble and we needed [Scott] McTominay and [Marouane] Fellaini to give me that balance in midfield. [Shaw's] game was very complete, even if I forget the goal, of course an important goal for us, but the performance was very complete.

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United failed to sign any of Mourinho's centre-back targets, and there were some withering comments in the aftermath of the 2-1 win.

"It will be a hard season for everybody, not just for us", the 55-year-old said. "I think we are more the head coach than the manager", he said.

However, he can still rely on one of the world's best goalkeepers as David de Gea put his poor World Cup showing behind him with a fine save to prevent James Maddison levelling.

Vardy almost made a vital contribution as provider when he outmuscled Shaw and picked out Gray in the middle who was denied by another fine save by De Gea.

At the pre-match press conference ahead of the Leicester clash Mourinho hit back at claims of unrest at Old Trafford, Sky Sports reports.

Although he waned towards the end of the game, Pogba took his penalty very well early on to put United 1-0 up and played a number of risky passes into United's forwards as the Red Devils looked to counter-attack in the second half. In particular, a certain Andreas Pereira stood out as the #6 in United's system.


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