Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Paul Pogba Named Captain In Manchester United Team For Leicester City Game

Paul Pogba Named Captain In Manchester United Team For Leicester City Game

In terms of the visitors, the big news is that manager Claude Puel has handed a start to Harry Maguire, despite hinting earlier this week that the Man United target would only be fit enough for a place on the bench.

"It is hard for me to understand, we finish second which I keep saying, that I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".

"I asked for five players and they did not bring me any". After a depleted squad took part in their pre-season tour of the USA, who will start tonight?

Manchester United started the window showing real intent: the purchase of Brazil midfielder Fred set pulses racing, but the subsequent buys of Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant meant that their business, upon the close of the window, was largely poor.

"But it's the same conversation as with (Ashley) Young, (Marouane) Fellaini, (Jesse) Lingard, it's the same".

Martin Fisher: Jose Mourinho rarely smiled last season and his expression hasn't changed after a summer of frustration. Jamie Vardy is less likely, as Kelechi Iheanacho has been scoring goals aplenty in pre-season.

That will hardly have endeared Martial, who was left out of the weekend friendly against Bayern Munich, to Mourinho, although the manager insisted that omission was not a punishment. He's in the group of players who didn't have a pre season, it's as simple as that. For nine days he didn't train.

Elsewhere, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly are given the nod at centre-back - an area that Mourinho was frustrated not to strengthen during the summer transfer window. "I'd prefer to look to the bench and to have them rather than to have 16-year-old boys without experience and without the power to be Premier Leagues players directly", said Mourinho.

"One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of people is that it's true".

'So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to these first couple of matches.

"I know the words you want me to say or not to say but words don't come easy".

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