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.
The France World Cup victor, who moved to Old Trafford in 2016 in a US$114 million (RM465.5 million) transfer deal, has been linked with another big-money move, to Barcelona, following a series of apparent fallouts with United manager Jose Mourinho.
The United manager revealed that Pogba was always first in line to take the spot kick.
United kick-started their campaign on the right foot with a 2-1 victory over Leicester as Luke Shaw followed up Pogba's opener with a second goal in the 83rd minute before Jamie Vardy scored what turned out to be a consolation goal for Leicester.
He has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Juventus after sources told ESPN FC the 25-year-old was unhappy at some of Mourinho's criticism of him during the summer.
Losing Pogba now would be a huge blow to the club as we would not be able to find a replacement for him either. 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 auto hire at Manchester Airport and missed the team.
"We were in trouble", added Mourinho.
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The path to the three points began with a Paul Pogba penalty kick just two minutes in after a hand ball, and the World Cup victor with France made no mistake, finishing calmly into the far post.
But that didn't stop the speculation and Pogba responded with a cryptic message.
'The manager puts names out, after that it is how we feel, ' he said.
"There are things, and there are things that I can not say, otherwise I will get fined", Pogba said.
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.
"I am [also] very pleased for Luke", Mourinho said. We knew it was going to be hard because some of us, including myself, didn't have any pre-season games.
'I won't be full with a World Cup. Eric Bailly did superbly to get back to deny Iheanacho and substitute Vardy bundled Shaw off the ball to send in a cross that Gray would have flicked home had De Gea reacted well.