José Mourinho takes aim at Manchester United’s board

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But the United boss is still unhappy that Woodward did not deliver a new signing before the transfer window closed earlier this week, and believes a lack of say in the club's business dealings means he should now be called a head coach rather than a manager.

Paul Pogba, named as captain, took nearly as long to tiptoe up to the ball before slamming it to the left of the diving Kasper Schmeichel with his first touch since playing his part in France winning the World Cup final.

Pogba's third-minute spot-kick settled the hosts' nerves as United allayed some of the doom and gloom predicted by Mourinho after failing to land a series of targets before Thursday's transfer deadline. I am (also) very pleased for Luke.

Alderweireld was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer but Spurs never even received a bid from United. Pogba was a monster. "In the second half I had Andreas Pereira and Fred with a yellow card, Paul was fantastic his contribution was awesome, but the fuel was disappearing. We were in trouble", added Mourinho. It's not a problem, it's the win that is most important'.

However, it was captain Paul Pogba who would open the scoring after just three minutes, with the World Cup victor converting a penalty after Daniel Amartey had handled the ball in the box.

"We don't have a penalty taker, it's how we feel and I chose to take it". I want to play [Anthony] Martial for [Juan] Mata or Alexis but I couldn't.

"I had only two options: Scott [McTominay] or Paul, but if I play Scott I play two kids and a new player, so I asked Paul and he put himself available for the team and he was very, very good for us".

The Portuguese coach has been tasked with bringing back the glory days to the red half of Manchester, but Claude Puel's Leicester - who have won the title since United's last success in 2013 - will want to ensure Mourinho's season begins with a whimper at Old Trafford.

I had my plans, and I had my plans for many months, and I find myself in the beginning of the Premier League with the market closed, and I'm in a situation that I thought was not going to be the situation I would be in.

Demarai Gray and Kelechi Iheanacho were fast in attack while James Maddison's 28th minute shot produced David de Gea's first impressive save of the season in front of the Stretford End.

Both sides' top scorers from last season, Romelu Lukaku and Vardy, started on the bench after their World Cup exertions and were introduced for the final quarter. Eric Bailly did superbly to deny Iheanacho, and Vardy bundled Shaw off the ball to send in a cross that Gray nearly flicked home.

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