Mourinho hails 'monster' Pogba performance

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Manchester United kicked off the Premier League season with three points against Leicester, but post-match interventions from Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba hinted that tensions may linger behind closed doors at Old Trafford.

Pogba has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona in recent weeks, amid suggestions that he was disappointed by Mourinho's faint praise of his achievement as he played a pivotal role in helping France win the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer.

The France playmaker then continued to impress as the first half wore on at Old Trafford, leading his team-mates by example.

Paul Pogba - who was named captain by Mourinho - got them off to a flying start converting a penalty in the third minute. "We thought he would manage maximum 60 minutes and he went much longer", Mourinho said.

A World Cup victor with France at Russian Federation 2018, Pogba has been linked to LaLiga champions Barcelona and former club Juventus following a hard season under United manager Jose Mourinho last term. In the second half I had Andreas Pereira and Fred with a yellow card, Paul was fantastic his contribution was awesome but the fuel was disappearing.

United starts the season just like it started the match: perfectly.

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A good opportunity came when Pogba fed Sanchez and he set up Mata, who had a shot that was deflected just wide. Eric Bailly did superbly to deny Iheanacho, and Vardy bundled Shaw off the ball to send in a cross that Gray nearly flicked home.

Vardy pulled a goal back for Leicester in stoppage time to give them some reward for a good performance against last season's runners-up.

With seven minutes remaining, he flicked the ball around Leicester debutant Pereira before sending a low left-footed strike home in front of a rocking Stretford End.

Luke Shaw was the scorer, netting after an initial poor touch, with what was his first-ever goal in senior football. Pogba was a monster.

Mourinho has cut a frustrated figure following United's failure to meet his transfer demands, with no players joining Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant in Manchester, after the Portuguese boss requested at least two more signings before Thursday's deadline.

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