Jose Mourinho: 'Manchester United left in a hard position'

Paul Pogba

Pogba will wear the armband when United kick the new Premier League season off against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday night.

Mourinho had plenty of praise for Pogba, who is not yet at full fitness following France's World Cup win.

Media speculation on Thursday suggested the reason United had not been as active as expected was down to the club's hierarchy overruling Mourinho on his primary targets.

"We have to wait until the end of November to understand if we can fight for the title", he said.

"Preseason was very hard and we needed this fantastic spirit by the players to manage this performance and this result", Mourinho said.

The 22-year-old attacker is among those to have been available for the Red Devils throughout the summer having missed the World Cup.

Paul Pogba says he wants to be trusted more by manager Jose Mourinho. "We were in trouble", added Mourinho. Just a few days ago FC Barcelona offered Man United more than € 100 million to pry him away from Old Trafford.

The Frenchman stuttered in his run-up towards the ball before eventually firing a shot past Kasper Schmeichel's net to open the scoring for United. "We have big multi-functional coaching staffs and I think we are more the head coach than the manager". All of the pre-match coverage for the seasons opening game was exclusively focused on Manchester United and their bizarrely underwhelming transfer window.

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. "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", said the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager.

Leicester came close to an equalizer though when substitute Jamie Vardy robbed Shaw and found Demarai Gray whose flick forced another good save out of De Gea.

A troubled period at United and tensions with Mourinho saw Shaw fall down the pecking order and gradually become overlooked by the England national team.

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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