Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Paul Pogba explains penalty row with Alexis Sanchez

Paul Pogba explains penalty row with Alexis Sanchez

Jose Mourinho received an instant reward for handing Paul Pogba the captain's armband when the World Cup-winning midfielder paved the way for Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Leicester City as the English Premier League season opened on Friday (Saturday NZ time). "I will have to focus on the players I have and, in relation to this first couple of matches - maybe three matches because after Spurs there is [the worldwide break] and a couple of weeks to recover people and to prepare people - it is better to focus on the players that are available for the first match". They also bought in left-back Joe Bryan from Bristol City, plus three players on loan - goalkeeper Sergio Rico from Sevilla, Atletico Madrid forward Luciano Vietto and United's Timothy Fosu-Mensah. Surrendered possession and the iniative to the opposition, and then waited on David de Gea to bail them out with brilliant saves, relying on individual moments of quality to see them through.

So how would Man United line up if Mourinho had landed the players he desired? It was stodgy and a tedious watch at times.

United fans can only dream of what might have been.

"You have to win".

United were not to be denied, though, even after substitute Romelu Lukaku saw a low attempt stopped by Schmeichel, and it was Shaw, who has endured such a rough ride from Mourinho, who was the unlikely hero. We knew it was going to be hard because some of us, including myself, didn't have any pre-season games. He is there to win, regardless of how he achieves it.

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Manchester United chairman, Ed Woodward, has told manager Jose Mourinho he needs to emulate local rivals Manchester City's policies of buying younger stars, reports the UK Mirror.

Man United chiefs reportedly vetoed Mourinho's targets as they believed he was "targeting defenders who were no better than those they already had". You can not expect them to be fit. No new signing, whether it's Diego Godin or Ivan Perisic, will change that.

For the first time the EPL deadline has been moved forward to the day before the season kicks off when United hosts Leicester City today.

Because there is absolutely nothing else Mourinho's football can offer.

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