Pogba penalty sets United on way to win over Leicester

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Pogba penalty sets United on way to win over Leicester

Anthony Martial was left on the bench in Manchester United's Premier League opener at Old Trafford, with the Red Devils forced into using other options.

After a week in which Pogba has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, with Barcelona's interest piqued by the Frenchman's frosty relationship with Mourinho after he was repeatedly dropped last season, the Portuguese showed his faith in the midfielder by surprisingly handing him the armband.

Although Mourinho struggles with Pogba's celebrity status and flashy exterior, senior club figures see him as the essential stellar star to lead United's quest to be champions again after a five year wait for the League title. "But if you're not happy, you can not give your best".

Pogba posted a message on Instagram after the game that notably did not include a reference to his club boss.

The European transfer window shuts on 31st August and the report claims that Pogba has told his teammates at United that he wants to sign for the Catalan giants.

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"I still enjoying playing football, I still love football and I still give my best with the team, for the team".

"Some of us, me included, didn't have a lot of training and we played a game".

'So obviously it's easier to go and speak and express yourself, and we went for an objective and the big one was to win'.

I wanted to play Martial for [Juan] Mata or Alexis [Sanchez] but I can't. Don't get me wrong, Mourinho does love to remind the opposition whenever his side scores, but his celebration following Shaw's goal was something else.

This put them in a comfortable position throughout the rest of the match, and even more so when Luke Shaw tapped home in an unorthodox manner in the second half.

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