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Mourinho: Wait to see if Man Utd can contend

12 August, 2018, 01:46 | Author: Tommie Newton
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Luke's had a decent pre-season under his belt, looks fit and appears to have finally fixed his attitude "problems"; if this isn't his season then when will it be?

Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw inspired Manchester United to an opening-day victory as they ignored background noise and their deadline-day frustration to overcome Leicester.

"He worked amazingly well Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and he's one of the players that I have to speak to see how physically and mentally he feels".

Shaw's second-half goal put Jose Mourinho's side in the driving seat at Old Trafford, and the defender has now admitted he wants to make this season as impacting as possible and become a global name. Paul, he was fantastic his contribution was unbelievable, but the fuel was disappearing every minute so we were in trouble and I needed [Marouane] Fellaini and [Scott] McTominay to give me that balance in midfield.

Midfielder Fred arrived for big money but he was the only major new signing as Mourinho's appeals for fresh defensive blood went unheeded.

That was down to the organisation and discipline of the senior players that Mourinho could call upon, and how hard they worked together as a unit when they did not have the ball.

The crowd went wild as players surrounded the World Cup victor, but one fan, who was named after the great George Best was celebrating more than most. "We must get used to teams who have players of the same quality that we have", he told Sky Sports.

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Pogba, in his first outing since winning the World Cup with France, completed 84 minutes against the Foxes before being replaced by Marouane Fellaini.

He added: "I think it's a good move because what we all saw in the summer was Pogba demanding things of players in the France dressing room".

"Of course the performance wasn't the best, but it's better to start like this and finish well than start very well and finish bad".

"I don't remember in my career to be in so much in trouble to make my changes because I wanted to make five or six and I could only make three".

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.

"He had the first three or four days of training and first couple of matches where he played 40 or 50 minutes".

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