Manchester United vs Leicester City: Mourinho's men edge nervy Premier League opener

Grant SmithAug 11, 2018

Mourinho's squad should be boosted by the return of World Cup victor Paul Pogba, who arrived back at Carrington on Monday, and Anthony Martial, who did not travel to Munich for the friendly against Bayern after leaving the US tour and missing more than a week of training to attend the birth of his son in Paris.

At the other end, Andreas Pereira, making his first United appearance since February 2016, looked sharp in midfield alongside Pogba.

And the Portuguese coach simply suggested that the first three months of the season would prove whether his warning was right or wrong.

"Pogba was a monster, we thought maximum 60 minutes but he managed (more than) 80", he said.

"It will be a hard season for everybody, not just for us".

"(Picking Pogba) was not hard, the decision belonged to him.

The match is on Friday, 10 August with kick-off at 8pm at Old Trafford.

Indeed Mourinho's side has struggled to match their spending sprees from the last couple of seasons.

That led to a pointed tip of the hat towards Leicester's summer business - which ended up exceeding that of the Red Devils.

"Their team is definitely already good enough to challenge champions Manchester City for the title, but can Jose get the best out them? I have worked really hard over the preseason and I had a lot of time to reflect, and work on what I needed to", Shaw told Sky. It's over, the market is closed. His loan spell at Crystal Palace seemed like a sensible option but he found his football hard to come by with the management changes at Palace; it was hoped that he would be in contention for United this summer, as he surely has the quality to make an impression in that area.

But an inconsistent defense may get a test from England global striker Jamie Vardy, though the Foxes did lose their best player - Riyad Mahrez - in the summer as he was sold to Manchester City.

The striker played considerably fewer minutes in Russian Federation than his team-mate but Puel explained his selection was a balancing act.

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

Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire starred for England at the World Cup (Picture: Getty Images)When is Man Utd vs Leicester?

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