Paul Pogba captains Manchester United in Premier League opener against Leicester City

Heather Diaz
August 11, 2018

Yet after Mourinho was denied the signing of an elite centre-back in the summer window he voiced his frustrations by hinting United's board, led by Woodward, are acting as de facto football experts by having the final say over him regarding recruitment.

"You can't sort of fall back and think "I'm changing my mind" - you've gone too far". 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.

The two-time Champions League victor added: "At this point I'd just say we need to win".

"We have to wait until the end of November to understand if we can fight for the title", he said.

Jose Mourinho was equally impressed with Shaw's display so supporters will definitely be looking forward to seeing more of him in the left-back spot. "We must get used to teams who have players of the same quality that we have", he told Sky Sports.

Mourinho left no doubt as to how much he valued Pogba's efforts on the night, adding: "Paul was fantastic - his contribution was unbelievable". It was a good match with three good teams, in my opinion.

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But despite both clubs' worries, Barnes has backed them to retain their places in the Champions League. The Arsenal legend said: "I want this season's title race to be more spicy and I think it will be".

The World Cup victor was sublime but with Mourinho openly criticizing him in the past and now exactly praising him for helping France to World Cup glory this summer, Pogba doesn't seem that happy at Old Trafford.

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

It was a risky technique that's since made a lot of headlines, but according to Pogba that's how he's always taken his penalties.

"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". It's not a problem, it's the win that is most important'.

Alas for Claude Puel's men, they wouldn't nab an equaliser, with United getting their campaign underway with all three points.

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

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