Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
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Pogba leads Man Utd to winning start

Pogba leads Man Utd to winning start

Jose Mourinho has cut a frustrated figure in pre-season as United's transfer business stalled following the World Cup, and the Red Devils were unimpressive on tour (a 2-1 win over Real Madrid aside).

"That's football managment. I think football is changning and managers should be called head coaches".

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

"I think Mr [Richard] Scudamore must be happy because it's a good way to start the Premier League".

Barcelona have until 31 August to buy players, but understand that, with the Premier League transfer window now closed, they will probably need to wait longer to try to negotiate for Pogba.

The players appeared to briefly state their cases about who should take the shot, but Pogba - named captain for the day by Jose Mourinho - won out and converted his attempt to give United an early lead. It was a good match with three good teams, in my opinion.

However, United saw out the rest of second-half stoppage time to start the season with three points and maintain Mourinho's unbeaten record in Premier League openers with nine wins and one draw over 10 matches.

Mourinho will have to make a late decision over several of his players with the likes of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Young only starting their pre-season training this week following their exploits at the World Cup. He said: "I have my players, I like my players, I like to work with my players".

'Paul was fantastic. His contribution was awesome. We were in trouble. "Everyone is hungry for that, that is the trophy we want".

'But he was ready and practised lots of penalties during the World Cup'.

'The manager puts names out, after that it is how we feel, ' he said. "Maybe on the next game I leave it to Alexis".

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

After a brilliant World Cup, Perisic is now worth nearly double that figure.

The result? A Manchester United victory.

Chelsea shattered the world-record fee for a goalkeeper with an 80-million euro (US$92 million) swoop for Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga on Wednesday to replace Belgian global Thibaut Courtois, who has joined European champion Real Madrid.

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