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

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

Another Frenchman who actually had no pre-season, Paul Pogba, could be on the bench for United in their season opener against Leicester on Friday, despite returning to training just this week.

World Cup victor Paul Pogba's 3rd-minute penalty and a late goal from Luke Shaw gave Manchester United a 2-1 win over Leicester City at Old Trafford in the opening game of the Premier League season on Friday.

Pogba scored for France in July's World Cup final and will hope to transfer his global success to United. "They 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", he said. "I doubt he'll be going anywhere this season". One replied: "You sound like an 18 year old girl on Facebook with her cryptic status about her boyfriend.

(Picking him) was not hard, the decision belonged to him".

In the two games last season, United picked up four points, winning 2-0 at Old Trafford but settling for a draw at King Power Stadium.

"I think he's been telling people he's done a fabulous job finishing second". On top of his transfer troubles, Mourinho had a host of injuries and players lacking match sharpness after the World Cup to contend with.


After an unusual stuttering run-up that briefly gave way to jogging on the spot, Pogba rifled home the first goal from the penalty spot in the third minute after Daniel Amartey had handled a shot from Alexis Sanchez.

He got that from his team's display at Old Trafford, from the way they started so well to how they saw the game out at the end.

It was very exciting to watch for the first 20 or 25 minutes but, when they took their foot off the gas, Leicester came right back into the game.

"I had only two options, Scott (McTominay) or Paul, but if I play Scott I play two kids and a new player, so I asked Paul and he put himself available for the team and he was very, very good for us". Mourinho isn't a ball-buster per se, but he isn't going to baby his players if he sees room for improvement.

Jose Mourinho said he should probably be called a "head coach" rather than a "manager" after Manchester United beat Leicester City 2-1 without the playing personnel he expected.

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