Manchester United win fails to soothe José Mourinho's transfer irritation

Lynette Rowe
August 17, 2018

And the Portuguese seemed to confirm those reports after Friday's unimpressive 2-1 win over Leicester City in the Premier League's opening game of the 2018-19 season, a campaign he predicts will be "difficult" for his squad.

"With the players that we have, of course we're Manchester United, we have to look at the top of the league".

Manchester United's new season felt like a a continuation of last season's: a victory by the slimmest of margins and complaints from Jose Mourinho to the press.

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 wanted to play Martial for Mata or Alexis but I can't. Leicester were strong in a few periods of the game, but we coped with that as a team which is also an important thing.

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.

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After an unusual stuttering run-up that briefly gave way to jogging on the spot, Pogba rifled home the first goal from the penalty spot in the third minute after Daniel Amartey had handled a shot from Alexis Sanchez.

Fittingly, Paul Pogba's first ever goal in the EPL came against Leicester during the 2016 Season. "We will have the same players, the injured players are not going to be back", said Mourinho. Though the performance wasn't entirely convincing, the half ended 1-0 to United. But I couldn't make that change, so it was really hard. The players gave everything, they gave what they had.

Leicester will hope to get their first points on the board when they welcome Premier League new-boys Wolves to the King Power Stadium next Saturday. David De Gea was forced into another good save as a Jamie Vardy's ball was whipped in and met by Demarai Gray who couldn't quite get the right contact on the ball.

"It was not easy to manage the game from the touchline". Though the performance wasn't ideal we managed to get the result in the end and we an only hope that this is just a starting point and that United can continue to improve all the way through the season.

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