José Mourinho explains choice to make Paul Pogba captain vs. Leicester


For many, Manchester United's narrow 2-1 win over Leicester City will be forgotten in a matter of weeks but for 3-year-old supporter Jordy Scholes Bell, it was a night he will remember for the rest of his life.

That [the World Cup] is in the past, it is part of history. Luckily the highly competitive midfielder took his criticism the way it was intended.

With Mourinho seemingly happy with his players after the opening-day win, perhaps he is not as disgruntled as everyone thought. It's the same. To know how they feel physically, mentally - to try to give us a help [from the start of the season].

Many are tipping Mourinho to suffer his traditional "third season meltdown" as he looks to bring the Premier League title back to Old Trafford. I want to progress and get better again and I want to win more trophies. Mourinho was left with little recourse to hand him over the captaincy, a role some argue he may have already earned.

United had several chances to extend its lead against a Leicester side that called goalkeeper David De Gea into action more often than Mourinho would have liked.

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- Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 10, 2018With only minutes left in the game Manchester United defender, Luke Shaw, earned his first Premier League goal following a superb cross from Alexis Sanchez, that he fired into the back of the foxes' net.

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"Pogba was a monste", said United's manager.

"It's three points, it's what we wanted", said Pogba.

Andreas Pereira. The talented young Belgian spent last season on loan at Valencia and got the surprise start in this one. "He made one mistake in 90 minutes, he was very good defensively".

"Of course the performance wasn't the best, but it's better to start like this and finish well than start very well and finish bad".

"I had only two options: Scott [McTominay] or Paul, but if I play Scott I play two kids and a new player, so I asked Paul and he put himself available for the team and he was very, very good for us".

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