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Paul Pogba Named Manchester United Captain - Starting XI V Leicester Confirmed

11 August, 2018, 11:42 | Author: Tommie Newton
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Jose Mourinho was left frustrated by a lack of deadline-day activity as Manchester United failed to bring in the centre-back he craved.

'That's football management. I think football is changing.

"We played well in periods against a good team that invested more than us", he said.

"It will be a hard season for everybody, not just for us", said Mourinho.

"We have to wait for end of November, beginning of December to understand how things are going and if we can fight for the title".

Mourinho claimed he needed "six changes, not three" in Friday night's Premier League opener at Old Trafford due to several of his first-team regulars missing much of their pre-season following the World Cup. "We must get used to teams who have players of the same quality that we have", he told Sky Sports.

Pogba scored for France in July's World Cup final and will hope to transfer his worldwide success to United.

Fittingly, Paul Pogba's first ever goal in the EPL came against Leicester during the 2016 Season. "Forget the name, the history, the shirt, every match is hard".

Paul Pogba
GETTY Pogba says the World Cup is history now

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. Paul [Pogba] was fantastic - his contribution was unbelievable, but the fuel was disappearing every minute, so we were in trouble and we needed [Scott] McTominay and [Marouane] Fellaini to give me that balance in midfield.

Substitute Jamie Vardy pulled one back with a stoppage-time header after Ricardo Pereira's cross came back off the post, but it was too little, too late for Leicester.

'Paul was fantastic. His contribution was wonderful.

"We thought maximum 60 minutes but he managed (more than) 80".

Pogba overruled Alexis Sanchez when United were awarded an early penalty despite the protestations of his teammate.

'But he was ready and practised lots of penalties during the World Cup'.

'I'm quite young and I want to get better, progress and win more trophies, ' said Pogba.

On top of his transfer troubles, Mourinho had a host of injuries and players lacking match sharpness after the World Cup to contend with. Maddison had a strong season in the Championship with Norwich but will be making his Premier League debut on Friday.

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