Man Utd legend Neville sides with Mourinho in board battle

Lynette Rowe
August 11, 2018

Paul Pogba revealed that Manchester United do not have a designated penalty-taker, following an on-pitch discussion with Alexis Sanchez in their Premier League-opening 2-1 win over Leicester City on Friday.

"For us, it will be a hard season because I had my plans, and I had my plans for many months, and I started the Premier League season without a situation I thought was possible".

The path to the three points began with a Paul Pogba penalty kick just two minutes in after a hand ball, and the World Cup victor with France made no mistake, finishing calmly into the far post.

Their best chance for a stretch came when skipper Pogba threaded through Sanchez, whose laid off for Juan Mata to get away a shot that was deflected just wide.

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

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.

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"It's three points, it's what we wanted", Pogba said. Paul, he was fantastic his contribution was unbelievable, but the fuel was disappearing every minute so we were in trouble and I needed [Marouane] Fellaini and [Scott] McTominay to give me that balance in midfield.

Yet after Mourinho was denied the signing of an elite centre-back in the summer window he voiced his frustrations by hinting United's board, led by Woodward, are acting as de facto football experts by having the final say over him regarding recruitment. "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". I need more changes but I couldn't.

'When he started, I don't know what he was doing actually, just moving up towards the ball, you thought, "Oh no, start running quickly, you're not going to get enough power in it",' the United legend said on Sky Sports. Eric Bailly did superbly to deny Iheanacho, and Vardy bundled Shaw off the ball to send in a cross that Gray nearly flicked home.

Mourinho has made no secret of his disappointment that he was not able to significantly strengthen his team during the close-season. "I like challenges, I want to progress and win more trophies".

There were a few nervous moments for United at the end when Vardy pulled a goal back.

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