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Manchester United down Leicester in Premier League opener

11 August 2018
Manchester United down Leicester in Premier League opener

The Guardian reports that Mourinho's wishlist was vetoed by United as there were concerns that "he should not be allowed to get his way if it meant potentially wasting tens of millions of pounds on a short-term fix".

The players appeared to briefly state their cases about who should take the shot, but Pogba - named captain for the day by Jose Mourinho - won out and converted his attempt to give United an early lead. It was a good match with three good teams, in my opinion. Football managers should be called now more head coaches.

The midfielder featured in two of United's friendlies but Mourinho insists that he didn't have a pre-season and must therefore start in the same position as the players who have just returned from extended holidays after the World Cup.

NAIJ.com previously reported that Jose Mourinho has insisted that France global star Paul Pogba is happy at the club despite being linked with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona.

"I want to say a nice word, we were unlucky to get the Friday match as we could get the Sunday", he bemoaned at opening the campaign.

Leicester have spent the past few weeks battling United, who tried to sign center-back Harry Maguire after the World Cup. But over, finished, the market is closed. So, when you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it's a lie that repeated 1,000 times is still a lie.

"Will his style of play bring us an EPL (English Premier League) title?"

"I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today, so is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed", Mourinho said.

Leicester also have their own fair share of injury concerns as Matty James and Nampalys Mendy are out while James Maddison, Jonny Evans, Demarai Gray, Maguire and Jamie Vardy will all be assessed ahead of kick off.

"Pogba was a monster", Mourinho said. "Luke Shaw, Andreas Pereira, Eric Bailly, Matteo Darmian, these boys were comfortable to play 90 minutes but the others were fantastic".

Foxes boss Claude Puel chose to start with England's Harry Maguire - one of Mourinho's targets - but not Vardy, who was introduced from the bench.

"For me Jerome is one of the best central defenders in the world", the Dutch winger said.