José Mourinho takes aim at Manchester United’s board


José Mourinho takes aim at Manchester United’s board

Jose Mourinho received an instant reward for handing Paul Pogba the captaincy when the World Cup-winning midfielder paved the way for Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Leicester as the English Premier League season opened on Friday.

"We knew it was going to be hard because some of us, including myself, didn't have any pre-season games".

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.

'We play against a team that invest more than us.

I had my plans, and I had my plans for many months, and I find myself in the beginning of the Premier League with the market closed, and I'm in a situation that I thought was not going to be the situation I would be in.

Of Pogba's penalty, which came after just 75 seconds, he said: "A very good penalty taker".

"Paul was fantastic, his contribution was unbelievable but the fuel was disappearing".

Leicester have spent the past few weeks battling United, who tried to sign center-back Harry Maguire after the World Cup. Maybe on the next game I will leave it to Alexis (Sanchez). "We were in trouble", added Mourinho.

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".

"He looks fed up and with what has come up from the America trip I don't see him lasting the season". It's the best feeling I have had in my career.

I know they had a lapse right at the end when Jamie Vardy pulled a goal back for the Foxes but, otherwise, they had the kind of focus they needed.

The early confidence soon dissipated, however, and Leicester was unlucky to go in at half-time trailing, with impressive debutant James Maddison drawing a marvellous save from David de Gea in the 29th minute.

Vardy almost made a vital contribution as provider when he outmuscled Shaw and picked out Gray in the middle who was denied by another fine save by De Gea.