Paul Pogba explains penalty row with Alexis Sanchez against Leicester

Silvia Morton
August 11, 2018

Manchester United and Leicester City faced off in the opening game of the new Premier League season at Old Trafford.

The manager pointed to those players who, alongside Pogba, had little training due to post-World Cup breaks.

"I think Man United are a little bit desperate at this present moment which is not like them and not like Mourinho".

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.

"Pogba was a monster", said Mourinho.

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.

On top of his transfer troubles, Mourinho had a host of injuries and players lacking match sharpness after the World Cup to contend with.

'Paul was fantastic. His contribution was incredible.

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Harry Maguire is undoubtedly Leicester's first-choice centre-back, and rightly so, but, with Jonny Evans now waiting in the wings, Morgan could find his starting place under threat this season. I need more changes.

The France worldwide scored in just the second minute after Sanchez's cross was handled by Daniel Armartey in the box.

"Fantastic spirit and I think periods of very good football and in the periods where Leicester were stronger we played as a team and we coped well with the situation".

But Pogba also had his say after the game, writing on Instagram: "I'll always give my best for the fans and my teammates no matter what's going on". [Shaw's] game was very complete, even if I forget the goal, of course an important goal for us, but the performance was very complete.

Mourinho then said it will be a "difficult" season, and suggested that he perhaps needs a new title, rather than a manager. But at the same time, I feel I wanted more attack and I feel that Martial coming into the game in the last 20 minutes for Alexis could have given us the second goal to kill the game.

After putting in inspiring displays for France in their World Cup victory, supporters were happy to seem him recreate that for the club too.

Vardy almost made a vital contribution as provider when he outmuscled Shaw and picked out Gray in the middle who was denied by another fine save by De Gea.

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