Pogba and Shaw shine as Manchester United beat Leicester City 2 – 1 in the Premier League opener yesterday at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho selected Pogba, the captain for the match, while Romelu Lukaku was benched for Manchester United just like Jamie Vardy for Leicester. Pogba was an unexpected starter only four days after his return to the training after winning the World Cup 2018 with France. He delivered his World Cup form into the match right from the start, offering a couple of excellent early passes before the first goal. 

The hosts executed a great start at Old Trafford, winning a penalty in the second minute when Daniel Amartey handled Alexis Sanchez‘s deflected shot. A penalty was reasonably awarded as Amartey’s arm was high when he handled. Pogba stepped up and, after an unusual staggered run-up, shot the ball in the top-right corner above Kasper Schmeichel.

After the United goal, it was essentially a one-way traffic for Leicester as David De Gea was repeatedly called into action including a surprising save on a James Maddison shot that was very likely to have equalized for Leicester.

Left-back Luke Shaw then secured the first senior goal of his career in the Premier League, in 104 appearances, after controlling Juan Mata‘s aerial pass to double their lead at the 83rd minute.

Substitute Jamie Vardy managed to head a late consolation at the 92nd minute for Leicester after Ricardo Perreira‘s cross had hit the bar. The match finished with a Leicester corner through which Kasper Schmeichel won the header but failed to score.

Post Match Interview

Jose Mourinho said: “Paul’s contribution was amazing. He [Pogba] was a monster. We thought maximum 60 minutes but he managed over 80.”

Claude Puel said: “It was a good game, a good performance from my team. We gave our best against a great team. We deserved a different result – we deserved a minimum of a draw.” 

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