Pogba captains Man Utd for Premier League opener

Man Utd news Michael Owen says the Red Devils won’t challenge for the Premier League title

Man Utd news Michael Owen says the Red Devils won’t challenge for the Premier League title

Even so, Mourinho has a hard task finding a formation that fits Sanchez, Rashford, Lukaku and Pogba's attacking talents together. Statistics aside, Leicester also performed better on the eye test, with their play being more ambitious.

He is in line to make his Premier League debut against Leicester on Friday night and Sanchez says he's been impressed with what he's seen in pre-season from both he and the returning Andreas Pereira.

After a week in which Pogba has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, with Barcelona's interest piqued by the Frenchman's frosty relationship with Mourinho after he was repeatedly dropped last season, the Portuguese showed his faith in the midfielder by surprisingly handing him the armband. Jamie Vardy is less likely, as Kelechi Iheanacho has been scoring goals aplenty in pre-season.

Goals from Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw ensured victory over a team which Mourinho pointed out had "invested more than us".

Ernesto Valverde identified Paul Pogba as Iniesta's replacement, who left the club for a stint in Japan at the end of last season.

Northern Ireland worldwide Jonny Evans - a former Manchester United player - is unlikely to feature in this one because of injury and it remains to be seen exactly how many World Cup stars either manager selects for tonight's showdown.

"I think it's a good move", Neville said on Sky Sports about the captaincy.

Not a complete display for 90 minutes from Pogba, but plenty for the 25-year-old to build on.

It was the first game back with United for Pogba after his World Cup-winning exploits, and he said it was challenge to find his form before eventually giving way to substitute Marouane Fellaini in the 84th minute. "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. I know it's a great cup, it will stay in my mind, but I want to win all the trophies. I was fantastic spirit, and there were periods of very good football. A match where I needed six changes not three, [Three] weren't enough for me.

After a £52m deal was struck with Shakhtar Donetsk before the World Cup, the Brazilian midfielder agreed to join Man United. Even though we have improved a lot, we need to keep improving.

Mourinho has made no secret of his disappointment that he was not able to significantly strengthen his team during the close-season.

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