Mourinho hails ‘monster’ Pogba performance as Man Utd make winning start

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Jose Mourinho was left frustrated by a lack of deadline-day activity as Manchester United failed to bring in the centre-back he craved.

"I think football is changing and managers should be called head coaches".

"We played well in periods against a good team that invested more than us", he said.

The disquiet started long before the pre-season, as United's performances slid into an unconvincing mire towards the end of last season and Mourinho hardly improved matters with a catalogue of complaints over the summer, but little of that seemed to matter on Friday.

"I had my plans for many months but I find myself at the beginning of the Premier League with the market closed", he stressed.

"I enjoyed last season, the fight to finish where we finished and to manage the best position this club has had in five years".

And when Amartey was substituted, it didn't get much better - Luke Shaw completely lost Rachid Ghezzal for his goal in the 83rd minute, while Ricardo Pereira was ineffective right-wing and only started to look like a Premier League player when switched to right-back. They spent more money than us, so in the Premier League we must get used to teams with players of the same quality that we have.

'Pogba was a monster, ' Mourinho said after United's record £89million record signing started against Leicester despite just four days training since returning from winning the World Cup in Russian Federation. "Forget the name, the history, the shirt, every match is hard".

"I don't think Jose Mourinho's outbursts are him, I think it's at the Ed Woodward situation".

"He worked amazingly well Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and he's one of the players that I have to speak to see how physically and mentally he feels".

'Paul was fantastic. His contribution was awesome.

Pogba's penalty two minutes was, what I guess you can say, weird? United will rely on Pogba to win the ball in midfield and create scoring chances for Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.

'I won't be full with a World Cup. "I haven't won the Premier League, I haven't won the Champions League, I haven't won the European Championship so there are more to win", he said.

"Of course, we have second or third choice in case he is not confident or some reason doesn't want to take it but he was ready and of course he trained lots of penalties during the World Cup because it's something in a competition like that every player trains a lot and he was vert confident".

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