Jose Mourinho received an instant reward for handing Paul Pogba the captain's armband when the World Cup-winning midfielder paved the way for Manchester United's 2-1 win over Leicester City as the Premier League season opened on Friday.
"We don't really have one [penalty taker]", Pogba said after the match.
"You have to know one thing: a player that gets chosen and is happy, you always feel more comfortable than when he's not happy".
"There are things, and there are things that I can not say, otherwise I will get fined", he said.
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The France playmaker then continued to impress as the first half wore on at Old Trafford , leading his team-mates by example. With seven minutes remaining, he flicked the ball past a defender before sending a low left-footed strike into the net.
Bailly can be a bit rash and possibly needs a voice in his ear as he is about to dive into a tackle to say "stand up, stand up" but he got away with it against Leicester and is clearly a good defender.
Despite aiming his ire at the United board, Mourinho did have some positive things to say about Paul Pogba, who was captain for the night, scored and put in a man-of-the-match performance after a preseason spanning four days and returning to Carrington on Monday.
Mourinho had aired his grievances over United's lack of transfer activity on a disastrous preseason tour, and again in the pre-match press conference on Thursday.
During Pogba's first game back for the Red Devils, he found the net from the penalty spot as well as putting in an accomplished performance before being replaced by Marouane Fellaini in the last ten minutes.
He got that from his team's display at Old Trafford, from the way they started so well to how they saw the game out at the end. Even tonight, I know I can be better and that is what I want to keep showing the manager.
Indeed, Pogba stepped up and played a starring role to help France win the World Cup, scoring in the final victory over Croatia.
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"[United] is a different team, obviously".
"If you are enjoying what you do you give your the best".
Pogba said "everybody was on the same page" in the France dressing room, from manager Didier Deschamps to the kitman, physio and players. It's going to be easier and it makes the team go higher.
But there is something brewing behind the scenes and there has been for some time after Mourinho left Pogba out of the team on multiple occasions last season and publicly criticized him.
"I find this really odd", he said. I always love the club. I came in the academy, I grew up.
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If you have round pegs in round holes, and all of them are doing the right job at the same time, then you are going to do well. It was Shaw, who just like Pogba has endured some tough times under Mourinho , who was the unlikely late hero for United .
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Mourinho was reportedly involved in bust-ups with Paul Pogba who was eventually dropped from the starting XI. Alderweireld was linked with a move to Manchester United throughout the transfer window.
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