Paul Pogba named Manchester United captain against Leicester

Manchester United Jose Mourinho

Manchester United Jose Mourinho

Mourinho lent heavily on those that served him well during a disrupted pre-season at Old Trafford, but such options are no slouches and it showed after 77 seconds when Shaw fed Alexis Sanchez to get away a shot handled by Daniel Amartey. New boys Lee Grant and Fred are available.

'He was very good defensively and was good on the ball.

It means World Cup stars such as Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, who only returned to training this week, are in line for a swift return to action once their manager makes final assessments following Thursday's training session.

The Ivorian global was signed by Mourinho for £30m in 2016 and fans consider him to be the best centre-back at the club.

The goal was Shaw's first in the Premier League in 104 appearances in England's top flight.

It's reported by The Sun that United were actually prepared to shell out £100m for French World Cup victor Varane, but Real Madrid were not interested in selling. Pogba was one of the best young midfielders in the world at Juventus before joining United.




However, Real Madrid have been unwilling to let him leave.

Mourinho outlined a lengthy list of absentees, with Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Dalot all unavailable to face Leicester. Whatever the reason, the Frenchman took his chance to show that his best performances are not limited to Russian Federation. It was perhaps a show of faith by Mourinho, who has been critical of the midfielder this summer. The run-up looked comical but the finish was anything but.

Marcos Rojo is another player who sustained an injury while representing his country in Russian Federation so he'll miss the season opener along with summer signing Diogo Dalot as he's still recovering from knee surgery that he underwent in April.

Mark Ogden, senior writer at ESPN, says that Manchester United and their fans should "brace themselves for a bumpy ride". Winning the title isn't the goal, but finishing 17th and avoiding the drop shouldn't be, either.

There was little evidence of a pattern of play, the ball rarely went through the middle, and the team just did enough to get the win. He looked the part on his Premier League debut.

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