United went into the campaign on the back of a tumultuous pre-season that was dominated by discontent and a lack of signings, leading to Jose Mourinho making veiled digs at the club's hierarchy and, while it secured all three points at home, the team's display was hardly an emphatic response.
Oozing confidence following his victory at the World Cup and as Manchester United's new captain, Pogba attempted to lead from the front by taking the shot.Cool as you like it, the United skipper toyed with Schmeichel in his run-up before placing the ball in the Leicester keeper's left side corner.
"I made a decision to take it - I was one of the names - but maybe next time I can leave it to Alexis, it's not a problem".
"Of course the boys with the proper pre-seasons, they were in much better condition", Mourinho said.
Mourinho left no doubt as to how much he valued Pogba's efforts on the night, adding: "Paul was fantastic - his contribution was incredible".
Personal terms were even said to have been agreed and reports claim Pogba has told the Red Devils he wants a massive pay rise if he is to remain in Manchester.
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Batshuayi also finished third in the World Cup with his national team and also scored a goal against Tunisia. And while the Blues have Olivier Giroud in their ranks, the World Cup victor himself is not in a great form.
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Neither side were able to put out their strongest side with players returning from the World Cup and Vardy, Lukaku and Young among those on the bench, while Andreas Pereira played in midfield for Mourinho. "I scored a penalty, I'm very happy and really happy we started with a win".
"You can't sort of fall back and think "I'm changing my mind" - you've gone too far. Marcus Rashford was in trouble but he played", said Mourinho.
Jose Mourinho's relationship with his players has also come under scrutiny, but any such tension was forgotten as Pogba and Shaw - a duo that have endured ups and downs with the United boss - secured a 2-1 win against Leicester.
"Like I always say, I always give my best for the fans, for my team-mates, for the people that trust me", the midfielder said. "We played very well, the performance was OK". "We thought maximum [he would play] 60 minutes, but he managed more than 80".
The 2018-19 Premier League season began on Friday with a single match. I think one defensive mistake and probably the linesman could help him and give a free-kick against Leicester.
"He realised and then he's thinking "there's 2-0, there's the game in the bag", I know they sweated a little bit late on".