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Why Pogba tight-lipped over United situation

Why Pogba tight-lipped over United situation

"How do you get a new player to play at his best?"

Mourinho had implied Pogba - whose agent Mini Raiola has reportedly been talking with Barcelona - had flourished under Didier Deschamps at the World Cup because he could not be distracted by his entourage or by his commercial obligations. He clearly meant to motivate Pogba and make him focused for United as he was with France.

United defeated Leicester City 2-1 on Friday evening at Old Trafford and Mourinho was particularly impressed by the performance of Andreas Pereira who spent last season on loan with Valencia.

Pogba was asked by reporters Friday night if he is "happy and comfortable" at the club, but his answer neither confirmed nor denied the tension that is being widely reported by the media right now.

Still, his relationship with Mourinho - who dropped the player on more than one occasion last season, including for a Champions League knockout tie against Sevilla - led to Pogba being questioned over whether he is happy at United.

The Daily Mail's chief sports writer Martin Samuel believes it is never a good sign when a player is speaking cryptically about his manager.

"There are things I can not say otherwise I will get fined", he added.

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Alex Pritchard and Steven Mounie combined well at times in the first half, but produced few clear-cut chances. A clean sheet in the stopper's first game will have done his confidence the world of good.

Pogba was pushed on his response and said that "if you're not happy, you can not give your best" when asked about what represents happiness and comfort for him.

The Frenchman was made captain for the Leicester match, with former captain Michael Carrick and coach Kieran McKenna the ones to tell Pogba of the decision.

"I think that the fixtures that have come out for them and the way it's worked, I think will give them every opportunity to be there". "And wearing this, it's even more because of the past, because of the players that played here, the people that have been wearing this".

"Having the armband, it's not like "oh, I will show that I am a real captain and have to do extra work".

"It's not a role that I give to myself".

The opening day of a new Premier League season is always bound to produce nerves.


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