Pogba, in his first outing since winning the World Cup with France, completed 84 minutes against the Foxes before being replaced by Marouane Fellaini. Luckily the highly competitive midfielder took his criticism the way it was intended.
Mourinho, who has been on record criticising some of his senior players came out strong to defend his relationship with them adding that he is ready to work with them to achieve the best result at the end of the season. We had a lot of problems preparing this game. All his actions have bottom line implications, anything less than silverware from year-to-year, he considers a failure. For a moment it looked like Schmeichel would just get his hand behind the ball to deny the French national, but there was no stopping Pogba's stunning shot.With the Reds up by 1, the scoreline for the remainder of the half did not reflect the performance. But Leicester did not give up, creating a few great chances, but an inspired David De Gea did well to help his team to the three points.
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José Mourinho appeared to take aim at Ed Woodward, Manchester United's executive vice-chairman, for not sanctioning all of his transfer targets, with the manager saying maybe his title should be downgraded to "head coach".
Of Pogba's penalty, which came after just 75 seconds, he said: "A very good penalty taker".
"I am very pleased for Luke".
"The decision belonged to him, because Andreas Pereira comes from Valencia bench as a winger to play number six; Fred had 10 days training, Ukrainian league, comes direct to Old Trafford; Ander Herrera injured".
Mourinho left no doubt as to how much he valued Pogba's efforts on the night, adding: "Paul was fantastic - his contribution was incredible". "He made one mistake in 90 minutes, he was very good defensively".