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

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Less than two minutes into the Red Devils' opening game of the new Premier League season, Jose Mourinho's side were awarded a spot kick after Daniel Amartey handled inside the box.

Manchester United's transfer woes in pre-season has left Jose Mourinho feeling more like a head coach than a manager as his targets were reportedly vetoed.

People criticise him and he didn't have a lot of chances to play last season, ' United's skipper said. "I haven't won the Premier League, I haven't won the Champions League, I haven't won the European Championship so there are more to win", he said. "We have to wait until the end of November to understand if we can fight for the title". Hopefully I can push on forward and get many more [goals] and help the team out more. They [Leicester] 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. I needed more changes, but I couldn't so it was not easy to manage the game from the touchline point of view. Every team is a good team, forget the name, forget the history, forget the shirt. Martial in the last 20 minutes could have given us the second goal but I couldn't make that change.

'Luke is someone who works very hard in training.

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Of Pogba's penalty, which came after just 75 seconds, he said: "A very good penalty taker".

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.

The French forward was left out of France's World Cup squad prior to their successful campaign in Russian Federation, a decision which came as no surprise after a disappointing 2017/18 season, and his pre-season has been blighted with speculation that manager Jose Mourinho is unhappy with him.

Mourinho was particularly annoyed to miss out on a series of centre-back targets, including Leicester's Harry Maguire who shone for England in Russian Federation.

As I was saying on BBC Radio 5 live on Friday, United have a very strong squad. "I am happy with the performance to make this game in this condition, it's encouraging for the future".

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