Pogba scores as Man United wins Premier League opener

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       Jose Mourinho has hit back at 'lies' over unrest in his squad

1:32 Jose Mourinho has hit back at 'lies' over unrest in his squad

Jose Mourinho appointed World Cup victor Paul Pogba as his captain for his sides' Premier League opener against Leicester City.

Former Arsenal playmaker Nicholas predicted that Mourinho wouldn't last the season at Manchester United after a hard summer. Just a few days ago FC Barcelona offered Man United more than € 100 million to pry him away from Old Trafford.

Oozing confidence following his victory at the World Cup and as Manchester United's new captain, Pogba attempted to lead from the front by taking the shot.Cool as you like it, the United skipper toyed with Schmeichel in his run-up before placing the ball in the Leicester keeper's left side corner.

But it is not just the manager's relationship with United's players that has come under inspection, considering he was irked by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward failing to strengthen the squad before the transfer deadline. We played very well, the performance was OK.

He also said he'd moved past the excitement of the summer, adding: "Winning the World Cup is in the past". Paul, he was fantastic his contribution was wonderful, 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.

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"A good match. A match where I needed six changes not three", he told Sky Sports in his post-match interview.

Pogba only returned to training at the start of the week after helping France to win the tournament but he was thrust into the starting line-up on Friday and given the captain's armband, when his penalty set United on course for a 2-1 win against Leicester.

"We have brought in great managers without a doubt but let's take Mourinho for example".

But this is the last time I speak about it.

"We should start the Premier League with a win and we did".

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Both sides' top scorers from last season, Romelu Lukaku and Vardy, started on the bench after their World Cup exertions and were introduced for the final quarter.

Mourinho has made no secret of his disappointment that he was not able to significantly strengthen his team during the close-season.

"I had only two options, Scott (McTominay) or Paul, but if I play Scott I play two kids and a new player, so I asked Paul and he put himself available for the team and he was very, very good for us".

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.

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