Paul Pogba Appointed Manchester United's Captain By Jose Mourinho

Ross Houston
August 11, 2018

Pogba's penalty two minutes was, what I guess you can say, weird?

Jose Mourinho says he should be described as Manchester United's "head coach" rather than manager, his discontent with his club's transfer business still obvious after victory over Leicester.

Daniel Amartey's handball inside the penalty area gave Pogba the chance to break the deadlock in only the 3rd minute and the World Cup winning midfielder made no mistake from 12 yards.

However, it was captain Paul Pogba who would open the scoring after just three minutes, with the World Cup victor converting a penalty after Daniel Amartey had handled the ball in the box.

A Shaw giveaway deep in his own area in the 75th minute nearly gifted Leicester the leveller, but De Gea made another spectacular save to stop Demarai Gray's first-time shot from a pinpoint Vardy cross.

Reports in the British media suggested that Manchester United wanted to sign a new centre-half and improve their options on the right wing but no further signings arrived at Old Trafford before Thursday's transfer deadline.

Shaw wasn't positive his goal meant he'd remain a first-choice starter for Mourinho, but he said he's set his sights high.

"In the periods Leicester were stronger we played as a team and coped well".

Mourinho left no doubt as to how much he valued Pogba's efforts on the night, adding: "Paul was fantastic - his contribution was awesome". Paul [Pogba] was fantastic - his contribution was awesome, 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.

That didn't happen though and Jose Mourinho instead put his faith in his human insurance package known as Marouane Fellaini, trusted not so much as a fresh pair of legs, but more a fresh set of elbows and knees.

I won't be full from a World Cup. The manager has names but after, it's how we feel.

"I am very pleased for Luke Shaw".

"It was tough for Harry Maguire, he gave his best and had a good game".

But Shaw proved with his performance against the Foxes that fitness is no issue as he looks to get back on track following a hard few seasons on the periphery of United's team and out of the England national team picture. "I had my plans for many months and I find myself with the market closed in a situation I did not think I would be in".

Mourinho's captain on the night, Pogba, slammed Shaw's critics after the left-back scored a crucial second goal for United against the Foxes.

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