Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Manchester United wins Premier League opener with Pogba goal

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Shannon Reynolds | 11 August, 2018, 19:38

Mourinho would rather have had more bodies available due to successful transfers - and made one pointed reference to his own role in the recruitment process - but he could not fail to be impressed by Pogba's powerhouse showing in the 2-1 win.

Mourinho had slagged Martial off in pre-season for going home to attend the birth of his daughter and failing to return, but he insists he wanted to get the former Monaco man on last night but simply didn't have enough subs.

"I think Mr [Richard] Scudamore must be happy because it's a good way to start the Premier League".

Despite the criticism Pogba endured last season from contingents of the press, his performance - statistically at least - had actually improved from the season before, and he had an excellent World Cup. Over, it's finished, the market is closed.

After describing himself as more of a head coach than a manager nowadays, the Red Devils boss refused to brand his side title challengers just yet.

'We play against a team that invest more than us.

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Victory in the Premier League opener was a much-needed shot in the arm after weeks of doom and gloom, with summer target Harry Maguire's inclusion in the Foxes' line-up serving as a reminder of what they missed.

"Every team is a good team, forget the name, forget the history, forget the shirt".

"The team played as a team". We thought [he could play a] maximum 60 minutes, but he managed 80.

Goalscorer Shaw said: "It was my first goal and that is all that was important, it doesn't matter how I scored. Marcus Rashford was in trouble but he played", said Mourinho.

Of Pogba's penalty, which came after just 75 seconds, he said: "A very good penalty taker". Defeats away to Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion were notable for how few chances United created. "We will have the same players, the injured players are not going to be back", said Mourinho.

"Sir Alex has already set a winning formula throughout his time at the club, and for some reason, we brought in managers who were trying to change that".

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