Jose Mourinho criticises Manchester United summer - Leicester spent more than us

Aubrey Yates
August 12, 2018

Mourinho, who has continously complained about the lack of new signings at Old Trafford, said Pogba "is happy, proud and ready to work" at Manchester United.

Pogba only returned to training at the start of the week after helping France to win the tournament but he was thrust into the starting line-up on Friday and given the captain's armband, with his penalty setting United on course for a 2-1 win against Leicester City.

United fans purred at the presence of Pereira, Fred and Paul Pogba playing together in midfield and Andreas reserved some kind words for our World Cup victor, who played over an hour after less than a week of training.

"If you're not happy, you can not give your best", Pogba said after the game when asked about what represents happiness for him.

His message sparked a flurry of tweets from United fans looking for hidden meanings, with some seeking reassurance that the player was settled at Old Trafford and not likely to jump ship to Barcelona.

Andreas Pereira is helping new signing Fred settle in at Manchester United ahead of the 2018-19 Premier League season. He clearly meant to motivate Pogba and make him focused for United as he was with France.

"It was not easy to manage the game from the touchline, but I told the players we had good periods, lots of glimpses of the type of football we wanted to play".

And in what looked like another dig at executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, the 55-year-old suggested he is no longer United manager but "head coach".

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For me it's the first one and that's the most important.

Asked about the differences between playing for France and playing for United, Pogba said: "I am the same, but it's a different team, obviously".

He said: "I always give my best for the fans, for the teammates and for the people that trust me".

Pogba was named captain for night against Leicester with Antonio Valencia sidelined with a calf injury.

'The manager puts names out, after that it is how we feel, ' he said.

United have never had a director of football before but it's a role that has worked quite well for arch-rivals Manchester City, who appointed Txiki Begiristain in 2012 to much acclaim.

Manchester United's transfer woes in pre-season has left Jose Mourinho feeling more like a head coach than a manager as his targets were reportedly vetoed. "For me, it was a dream come true".

The Portuguese manager insisted Luke's display was a complete one even if one ignored the goal that was scored which is definitely a compliment.

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