Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

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

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

Jose Mourinho warned earlier this week that if Manchester United failed to strengthen their squad before the transfer deadline it would be a "difficult season" at Old Trafford.

The manager pointed to those players who, alongside Pogba, had little training due to post-World Cup breaks.

Former Manchester United midfielder Scholes explained what it would take for Mourinho to stand down as the Red Devils boss at the end of the Premier League season. "Now it is time to prove it, to fight for the top spots, and I think this is the season to do it".

"Paul was fantastic, his contribution was wonderful but the fuel was disappearing".

He added: "The thinking is he is a very good penalty taker and likes the responsibility of it and he is first choice".

"I don't remember in my career to be in so much in trouble to make my changes because I wanted to make five or six and I could only make three".

The France worldwide scored in just the second minute after Sanchez's cross was handled by Daniel Armartey in the box.

The path to the three points began with a Paul Pogba penalty kick just two minutes in after a hand ball, and the World Cup victor with France made no mistake, finishing calmly into the far post.

Pogba's penalty two minutes was, what I guess you can say, weird? Maybe in the next game I can give to Alexis.

Fosu-Mensah will be hoping for regular game-time at Craven Cottage, whilst Mourinho will hope that his loan won't come back to haunt United.

Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw have come under fire from Mourinho during his time as United boss, but the duo emerged as match-winners as they scored the goals that fired the home side to a win at Old Trafford.

Mourinho then said it will be a "difficult" season, and suggested that he perhaps needs a new title, rather than a manager.

"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", he said.

After putting in inspiring displays for France in their World Cup victory, supporters were happy to seem him recreate that for the club too.

De Gea made a huge stop in the first half on James Maddison, denying the young player in the box with this save.

Although the game never truly sparked into life, it did provide plenty of talking points for both sides, as well as extending Jose Mourinho's record to 18 opening day games without defeat as a manager, winning 11 and drawing seven.

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