Paul Pogba explains penalty row with Alexis Sanchez against Leicester

11 August, 2018, 08:11 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Sanchez is ready to embark on his first full season at United

Mourinho was particularly annoyed to miss out on a series of centre-back targets, including Leicester's Harry Maguire who shone for England in Russian Federation.

"I think what Jose Mourinho saw and what all of us saw in the summer was Paul Pogba smashing the middle of the France changing room, calling on the rest of the players, demanding more from them". But at the same time, I feel I wanted more attack and I feel that Martial coming into the game in the last 20 minutes for Alexis could have given us the second goal to kill the game. "We have to wait until the end of November to understand if we can fight for the title".

Mourinho claimed he needed "six changes, not three" in Friday night's Premier League opener at Old Trafford due to several of his first-team regulars missing much of their pre-season following the World Cup. They (Leicester) spent more money than us, so in the Premier League we must get used to teams with players of the same quality that we have.

Pogba got the side off to the flawless start, netting from the penalty spot inside three minutes, while Luke Shaw netted the decisive second goal late on.

Less than a month since Pogba scored in the World Cup final to help France lift the trophy, he was thrown straight into action by Mourinho despite just returning to pre-season training this week.

'Paul was fantastic. His contribution was wonderful.


"Even if I forget the goal, it was a complete performance", said Mourinho of the left-back's display. We want to go up.

On top of his transfer troubles, Mourinho had a host of injuries and players lacking match sharpness after the World Cup to contend with. Paul [Pogba] was fantastic - his contribution was incredible, but the fuel was disappearing every minute, so we were in trouble and we needed [Scott] McTominay and [Marouane] Fellaini to give me that balance in midfield. I was among the names as well. "Maybe on the next game I leave it to Alexis". It's not a problem, it's the win that is most important'.

United added only Brazilian midfielder Fred, teenage full-back Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant to the squad that finished 19 points adrift of champions Manchester City last season.

"Now that I know my team-mates, I can focus on what I want to win".

With 271 appearances and a Premier League winners' medal under his belt with Leicester, nobody can question Wes Morgan's commitment to the Foxes' cause.

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