Jose Mourinho received an instant reward for handing Paul Pogba the captaincy when the World Cup-winning midfielder paved the way for Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Leicester as the English Premier League season opened on Friday.
A World Cup victor with France at Russian Federation 2018, Pogba has been linked to LaLiga champions Barcelona and former club Juventus following a hard season under United manager Jose Mourinho last term.
Jose is the type of manager who gives someone the captaincy for the right reasons and I think he made a decision to give Pogba some responsibility for managing the game and the players around him, which was a very clever move.
'We have to wait for end of November, beginning of December to understand how things are going and if we can fight for the title.
The two-time Champions League victor added: "At this point I'd just say we need to win. We thought he would manage maximum 60 minutes and he went much longer", Mourinho said.
"Every team is a good team, forget the name, forget the history, forget the shirt".
Just 26 days after lifting the World Cup with France, the 25-year-old scored an early penalty and dominated the midfield before being replaced after 84 minutes.
Mourinho left no doubt as to how much he valued Pogba's efforts on the night, adding: "Paul was fantastic - his contribution was unbelievable".
"Pogba was a monster", Mourinho said. I was fantastic spirit, and there were periods of very good football. Andreas Pereira has been rewarded for his fine pre-season while compatriot Fred makes his debut. I think one defensive mistake and probably the linesman could help him and give a free-kick against Leicester.
'Of course, we have second or third choice in case he is not confident or for some reason doesn't want to take it. I want to play [Anthony] Martial for [Juan] Mata or Alexis but I couldn't. "Impossible for [Kasper] Schmeichel - he needed wings".