Paul Pogba guided Manchester United to a 2-1 win over Leicester as Jose Mourinho’s men made the ideal start to the new Premier League campaign.
Captain Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw gave Manchester United the victory as Jose Mourinho’s side made a winning start to their Premier League campaign.
Pogba, after being handed the armband by Mourinho, responded by converting a penalty in just the third minute of the match after a bizarre run-up.
Shaw was the surprising man to double United’s lead in the 83rd minute as he scored his first career goal to delight the Old Trafford faithful.
Jamie Vardy came off the substitutes’ bench to grab a consolation goal in stoppage time but it was a winning start for United after a frustrating summer on the transfer front.
Not convincing but United get started with a victory: This was far from a vintage performance from Manchester United but after all that has happened over the summer months, only the result mattered for under pressure Mourinho. There has been a dark cloud hanging over the club and their supporters after a frustrating transfer window and some disappointing pre-season results, but United have started the campaign with a win and some impressive individual performances to boot. Shaw, so often publicly criticised by his manager, was fantastic at full-back alongside Eric Bailly who silenced his critics with a convincing showing in the heart of defence. And Pogba thrived with the responsibility as captain.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Paul Pogba (Man United): Amid growing speculation the World Cup winner is unhappy at Old Trafford, Mourinho handed the Frenchman the captain’s armband in the absence of Antonio Valencia, and how his decision was rewarded. Pogba was everywhere on the pitch, from winning headers at corners to supplying the front-line with defence-splitting passes. And what about that penalty? Simply brilliant.