Man United wins opener against Leicester City

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Jose Mourinho hailed a "monster" performance from Paul Pogba after the World Cup victor answered Manchester United's call and helped deliver victory against Leicester.

Nonetheless Mourinho was pleased with his team's display, singling out Pogba and Shaw for particular praise, and the overall spirit. All his actions have bottom line implications, anything less than silverware from year-to-year, he considers a failure.

"It was very exciting to watch for the first 20 or 25 minutes but, when they took their foot off the gas, Leicester came right back into the game". It's something great. To win today was most important. Mourinho was left with little recourse to hand him over the captaincy, a role some argue he may have already earned.

Mourinho said "football is changing, and managers should be called head coaches" after beating Leicester, who he flagged as a side that should not be underestimated as they "invest more than us".

The midfielder featured in two of United's friendlies but Mourinho insists that he didn't have a pre-season and must therefore start in the same position as the players who have just returned from extended holidays after the World Cup.

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Quizzed about the conversation with Sanchez by Sky Sports after the 2-1 win, Pogba said: "We don't really have one [a designated penalty taker]".

And after a brief conversation with Sanchez, Pogba stepped up to bury the spot kick - but only after an unusual run-up that became an instant hit on Twitter.

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

"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. Not just with that [goal] but in 90 minutes he made just one mistake, and it's the kind of mistake where probably the linesman could help him and give a freekick for us and resolve the problem, ' said the Portuguese. "I'm going to enjoy this season". I was fantastic spirit, and there were periods of very good football.

Leicester responded well though with new signing James Maddison forcing a fine save out of United keeper David De Gea as the visitors gave Mourinho's side plenty to think about.

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