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Paul Pogba drops cryptic clue over his Manchester United future

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Cary Erickson | 12 August, 2018, 10:14

Former United captain and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville admitted Pogba's unusual run-up had him anxious.

"But he's so confident and he started the game brilliantly", Neville added.

He is the best left-back at the club when he is fit and flying so I am glad he has got his goal, because it should take a bit of pressure off him. "I am someone who likes challenges and wants to progress and you have to leave it behind now".

'But he just lifts it over Kasper Schmeichel and when they lift it to the upper part of the net, keepers never get them'.

Pogba, fresh from his triumph in Russian Federation with France but also the subject of recent transfer speculation, was named captain by manager Jose Mourinho and took responsibility for the penalty after a handball by Daniel Amartey, slowly shuffling up before beating Kasper Schmeichel.

"What do you mean being the real Pogba?"

"We don't have a penalty taker, it's how we feel and I chose to take it".

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United were outstanding in the early stages and I think the Foxes were in shock at the way they came out of the blocks and took control of the game.

Mourinho's elevation of the 25-year-old suggests no-one was more resistant than the manager to a Barcelona bid. "I didn't have any pre-season games, I came back on Monday so it was very hard for the legs". We planned to go to Old Trafford early yesterday to try to get Pogba's autograph before the players went off to their hotel, but had a delay with the vehicle hire at Manchester Airport and missed the team.

"Pogba was a monster", Mourinho said. The end of the window that has sparked numerous claims that Mourinho's side has definitely ruled themselves out of contention for the Premier League trophy, with some even claiming they are at risk of falling out of the top six altogether.

Showing few signs of rust despite only returning to training this week, the World Cup victor, wearing the captain's armband, impressed in possession and without it, leading by example and keeping his cool from the spot.

I haven't won the Premier League, I haven't won the Champions League, I haven't won the Euros so there are more to win.
It's the last time I speak about it. That style of play seems to have slightly faded and having been consistently been on the defence against Leicester may be enough of a shock to bring back this style of play.As deadline day approached, rumours constantly circulated about Mourinho's attempts to bring in a star central defender.

Jose Mourinho handed Paul Pogba the captain's armband for Leicester clash. We were in trouble. I need more changes but I couldn't. "I think we are more the head coach than the manager", he said. "He made one mistake in 90 minutes, he was very good defensively". They were not playing their strongest team, and it is right at the start of the season.

After a summer spent continually lamenting his lot at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho was relatively chipper in his post-match interview with Sky Sports.