Martial's Face Was A Picture When Pogba Came Off

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba has posted a cryptic message on social media after helping Manchester United to a 2-1 win over Leicester saying he will always give his best "no matter what is going on".

Less than two minutes into the Red Devils' opening game of the new Premier League season, Jose Mourinho's side were awarded a spot kick after Daniel Amartey handled inside the box. I want to play [Anthony] Martial for [Juan] Mata or Alexis but I couldn't. The Foxes spent the summer upgrading their defense, signing Jonny Evans and Ricardo Pereira to shore up a defense that allowed 60 goals last season, the fifth most in the Premier League.

"We don't have a penalty-taker, it's how we feel, and I chose to take it", Pogba told Sky Sports.

The central defender that Jose Mourinho so desperately craved did not emerge on transfer deadline day to leave the Manchester United coach with a squad he's not particularly fond of.

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Speaking afterwards, Pogba said: "Luke is someone who works very hard in training".

The 25-year-old, who was linked with Barcelona and Juventus but with United unwilling to sell , is delighted to be back in domestic action and claims his hunger for trophies remains as fierce as ever . We need to continue and build some good momentum. That being said, the majority of pundits thought David de Gea should fill the vacancy, but alas Mourinho favored more of a "position player" in the captain's role.

We have big and multi-functional coaching staffs, and I think we are more the head coach than the manager.

"But every time he played, he did a great job and showed something great".

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Pogba, who carried over his fine World Cup winning form into the first game and produced a complete performance as skipper, shook hands with the subs after being replaced for Fellaini, and though Martial extended his hand to his compatriot - his frustration at not coming on was clear.

"For me it's the first one and that's the most important. I am happy with the performance to make this game in this condition, it's encouraging for the future". That's the way I think football is going.

Yes, Marcus Rashford missed a couple of half-chances, but there was nothing clear-cut, while Romelu Lukaku should have scored when he was clean through but Kasper Schmeichel made a superb save.

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