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

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba couldn't play 90 minutes, Fred the same.

Jose Mourinho says he should be described as Manchester United's "head coach" rather than manager, his discontent with his club's transfer business still obvious after victory over Leicester.

Pogba only returned to training four days ago from an extended holiday after France won the World Cup in Russian Federation in July.

However, it was captain Paul Pogba who would open the scoring after just three minutes, with the World Cup victor converting a penalty after Daniel Amartey had handled the ball in the box. An early penalty from Paul Pogba and a late Luke Shaw finish settled the match in United's favour with Jamie Vardy netting a consolation for the visitors.

He also said he'd moved past the excitement of the summer, adding: "Winning the World Cup is in the past".

Pogba was a monster.

"It was not easy to manage the game from the touchline, but I told the players we had good periods, lots of glimpses of the type of football we wanted to play".

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Mourinho was left irritated by the lack of signings, says the Guardian, as his bosses believed the targets were no better than the players he already had.

Mourinho left no doubt as to how much he valued Pogba's efforts on the night, adding: "Paul was fantastic - his contribution was unbelievable". We were in trouble.

"He had the first three or four days of training and first couple of matches where he played 40 or 50 minutes". The Portuguese manager was pointedly critical of his star player following the World Cup, essentially challenging him to replicate his World Cup form at the club level. The manager has names but after, it's how we feel. "Maybe on the next game I leave it to Alexis", said Pogba. Luke Shaw really did score a goal on Friday night.

Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, Jerome Boateng, Yerry Mina, Diego Godin and Raphael Varane were all linked, but no deals materialised in the window.

"Of course, it will be a hard season for everybody".

"I would like to have two more, maybe one if possible", he said after losing 4-1 to Liverpool.

After the United goal though it was mostly one-way traffic for the visiting side, with David De Gea repeatedly called into action including a miraculous save on a James Maddison shot that should have drawn Leicester level.

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