Martial's Face Was A Picture When Pogba Came Off

Grant SmithAug 11, 2018

Another Frenchman who actually had no pre-season, Paul Pogba, could be on the bench for United in their season opener against Leicester on Friday, despite returning to training just this week.

"That's football management. I think football is changing".

"I've been unlucky because I've had a few ups and downs, with different managers, but I would say I've never been out of shape".

Pogba explained his side of the incident after the game and said he would not always be taking penalties for United this season. The Foxes spent the summer upgrading their defense, signing Jonny Evans and Ricardo Pereira to shore up a defense that allowed 60 goals last season, the fifth most in the Premier League. "We have to wait until the end of November to understand if we can fight for the title".

"We played against a team that invest more than us".

"I want to play Martial but I can't, Paul Pogba can't play 90, Fred the same".

"A good match. A match where I needed six changes not three", he told Sky Sports in his post-match interview. "Forget the name, the history, the shirt, every match is hard".

United need a good result to lift up the mood in camp but Jose knows that Leicester won't be pushovers. I think one defensive mistake and probably the linesman could help him and give a free-kick against Leicester.

Mourinho's relationship with Pogba has attracted as much attention as his dealings with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in recent months, but events at Old Trafford appeared to be restorative. "But very complete performance, he just has to keep going, the mentality was very good, the tactical discipline was very good too and he had the power to move forward and score an important goal for us".

Shaw wasn't positive his goal meant he'd remain a first-choice starter for Mourinho, but he said he's set his sights high.

Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, Jerome Boateng, Yerry Mina, Diego Godin and Raphael Varane were all linked, but no deals materialised in the window.

Despite no new defenders, Mourinho insisted he was happy with his squad, but accused critics of lying about any turmoil.

However, the second goal of the game would eventually come for the hosts late on, via an unlikely source.

Mourinho has been critical of Shaw in the past but he was full of praise for him afterwards, and rightly so.

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