Manchester United wins Premier League opener with Pogba goal

Manchester United wins Premier League opener with Pogba goal

Manchester United wins Premier League opener with Pogba goal

The French World Cup victor only returned to training on Monday following his exploits with his national side in Russian Federation this summer but has been selected by Jose Mourinho for the first game of the league season.

Media speculation on Thursday suggested the reason United had not been as active as expected was down to the club's hierarchy overruling Mourinho on his primary targets.

With only a few minutes gone defender Amartey handled in the box and Pogba, after a stuttered run up, hit the ball over Schmeichel into the top of the net.

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.

And I was delighted for Luke Shaw to get his first goal in senior football.

Their best chance for a stretch came when skipper Pogba threaded through Sanchez, whose laid off for Juan Mata to get away a shot that was deflected just wide. "For us, it will be a hard season because I had my plans for many months".

"I won't be full from a World Cup".

United moved quickly to add Diogo Dalot, Lee Grant and Fred to their ranks during the summer window, but Mourinho feels that his squad has not been significantly upgraded since the end of last season.

Having returned from France's triumph in Russian Federation last month to intense media speculation about his future under United manager Mourinho, the 25-year-old Pogba was named skipper of a team that included debutant Fred.

"We don't really have one", Pogba said on Sky Sports. Paul [Pogba] was fantastic - his contribution was wonderful, 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.

They might not have set the world alight, but Manchester United's 2-1 win over Leicester on Friday night was still a significant result and performance.

United were not convincing as Leicester displayed wonderful creativity and had good possession throughout the first 45 minutes of the much-anticipated match. "Maybe on the next game I leave it to Alexis", said Pogba. I want to play [Anthony] Martial, but I can't. "It's a good way to start the Premier League".

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