Paul Pogba's season-opening penalty... with stuttering run-up

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said he was closing the book on a frustrating transfer window but could not resist one last jibe after his team's opening Premier League 2-1 win over Leicester City on Friday.

Mourinho made a decision to name Pogba as captain in the absence of Antonio Valencia as United try to convince the 25-year-old midfielder that his long-term future lies at Old Trafford.

The midfielder successfully converted a third-minute penalty to give his side the lead and gave everything until the 84th minute - by which point Luke Shaw's first career goal had doubled the advantage.

Pogba played a key part in France's successful World Cup campaign and was therefore allowed to miss most of United's pre-season.

Leicester pushed for a reply and got one in injury time in rather weird fashion, with sub Jamie Vardy heading in from point-blank range after Ricardo Perreira's cross had come back off the post. "I think we are more the head coach than the manager", he said.

It has been a hard summer for United boss Jose Mourinho and I said last week that I felt he needed to find some harmony within the club. In the second half I had Andreas Pereira and Fred with a yellow card, Paul was fantastic his contribution was wonderful but the fuel was disappearing. Juan Mata was brilliant at picking the right pass and Andreas Pereira was also very steady.

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"Pogba was a monster, we thought maximum 60 minutes but he managed the 80".

United starts the season just like it started the match: perfectly.

Matteo Darmian, hoping for a return to Italy before the end of the month, tested Schmeichel at the near post early into a second half that United started with bundles of possession but few clear-cut chances. Eric Bailly did superbly to deny Iheanacho, and Vardy bundled Shaw off the ball to send in a cross that Gray nearly flicked home.

"I expect a better United than last season". With seven minutes remaining, he flicked the ball past a defender before sending a low left-footed strike into the net.

It's Shaw's victor. He scored his first senior team goal with a lovely move around his defender and a fine finish to the far post.

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