Chris Smalling: Manchester United are eyeing Premier League glory this season

Arnold Nichols
August 11, 2018

However, Mourinho insisted on the eve of the season's curtain raiser Pogba is happy at Old Trafford and, despite just returning to training on Monday after his exertions in helping Les Bleus win a second World Cup, Pogba has been handed the armband.

"I had only two options, Scott [McTominay] or Paul, but if I play Scott I play two two kids and a new player, so I asked Paul and he put himself available for the team and he was very, very good for us".

Having returned from France's triumph in Russian Federation last month to intense media speculation about his future under United manager Mourinho, the 25-year-old Pogba was named skipper of a team that included debutant Fred.

Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw inspired Manchester United to an opening-day victory as they ignored background noise and their deadline-day frustration to overcome Leicester.

"He needs to get off to a good start this season, there's no doubt about that", Scholes told the Daily Express.

While United and other Premier League teams in England will not be able to bring in players after August 9, they can still sell players to other teams around Europe until August 31.

Jurgen Klopp's Reds demonstrated their ability to beat City on the big occasion last season, winning three of the four meetings between the sides, including a 5-1 aggregate win in the Champions League quarterfinals.


'And of course he trained lots of penalties during the World Cup - because it's something that, in a competition like that, every player trains a lot - and he was very confident.

Once Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Linguard are allowed to play a full 90 minutes after their World Cup holidays and Nemanja Matic is in midfield to take pressure off Pogba and new signing Fred, performances should improve. I had my plans for many months and I find myself with the market closed in a situation I did not think I would be in.

"We don't have many solutions and we want to go with everything we have".

The midfielder continues to be linked with Barcelona. "Maybe on the next game I leave it to Alexis", said Pogba.

In a clip posted on his Instagram channel, Cantona says: "This weekend is the start of the Premier League". A match where I needed six changes not three, [Three] weren't enough for me.

Shaw wasn't positive his goal meant he'd remain a first-choice starter for Mourinho, but he said he's set his sights high.

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