Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Paul Pogba explains penalty discussion with Alexis Sanchez during Leicester win

Paul Pogba explains penalty discussion with Alexis Sanchez during Leicester win

Luke's had a decent pre-season under his belt, looks fit and appears to have finally fixed his attitude "problems"; if this isn't his season then when will it be?

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed the players he will miss during their league opener tie against Leicester City. "He worked amazingly well Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and he's one of the players that I have to speak to see how, physically and mentally, he feels", the tactician said.

And Pogba seemed to call for more trust from Mourinho this season. Alexis Sanchez was desperate to take the spot-kick but captain Paul Pogba eventually slotted away in the third minute after the longest run up in history.

But due to Mourinho's lack of options Pogba was asked if he could play - and as you would expect, he said yes.

The Red Devils spent big on Brazilian midfielder Fred but made no other statement signing and failed to bring in a central defender despite several high-profile links.

"The thinking was that he is a very good penalty taker and he likes the responsibility of it and he's the first choice", Mourinho said, via the Mirror.

"The team played as a team", Mourinho said.

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. I need more changes but I couldn't. "We must get used to teams who have players of the same quality that we have".

Showing few signs of rust despite only returning to training this week, the World Cup victor, wearing the captain's armband, impressed in possession and without it, leading by example and keeping his cool from the spot. "[Kasper] Schmeichel is very good on penalties but no chance".

"(Picking Pogba) was not hard, the decision belonged to him. "We thought maximum [he could play] 60 minutes, but he managed 80".

"It was nearly as if they were saying 'look this is Old Trafford, and we are United - this is how we play'".

But the manager's overriding emotion will be delight after the oft-criticised Shaw directed home his first goal for the club to put the result out of reach, despite substitute Jamie Vardy pulling one back in stoppage-time.

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