Paul Pogba captains Manchester United in Premier League opener against Leicester City

Manchester United's Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santo 'Fred' during the preseason International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at the Michigan Stadium. (Pic by David

Manchester United's Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santo 'Fred' during the preseason International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at the Michigan Stadium. (Pic by David

'I am not confident, ' Mourinho (below) said of United's chance of new signings yesterday morning.

Brazil worldwide Fred, highly-rated but raw full-back Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant all arrived at United by early July, but nobody followed despite Mourinho's explicit desire to bring in two more players.

The path to the three points began with a Paul Pogba penalty kick just two minutes in after a hand ball, and the World Cup victor with France made no mistake, finishing calmly into the far post.

'I want to be back in the England squad and involved in competitions like the World Cup.

Victory in the Premier League opener was a much-needed shot in the arm after weeks of doom and gloom, with summer target Harry Maguire's inclusion in the Foxes' line-up serving as a reminder of what they missed.

With United's reported interest in bringing the Brazilian worldwide to Old Trafford, Willian has spoken to reporters about the influence Mourinho has had on his career, admitting the former Chelsea boss is the best manager he has ever worked with.

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The Reds topped the outlay charts following the big-money arrivals of Alisson , Fabinho and Naby Keita , with Xherdan Shaqiri the other player signed for less than £35 million.

"The information I have is no", said Mourinho when asked if he would be adding to his squad.

"One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of people is that it's true". He's in the group of players who didn't have a pre season, it's as simple as that. Leicester got off to a poor start to the season but were able to climb the table throughout the season, finishing ninth.

Last season was a turbulent one for Pogba as he was dropped several times by Mourinho due to inconsistent performances, but this display of faith from his manager so soon after returning from holiday should provide an early boost at the beginning of the 2018-19 campaign. "We have a good relationship, we are friends", Willian said.

Their season will not be defined by losing at Old Trafford in August, but there was enough here to suggest they should be aiming to be best of the rest behind the top six of United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal.

"I'm going to enjoy this season".

Mark Ogden, senior writer at ESPN, says that Manchester United and their fans should "brace themselves for a bumpy ride". You have to try your best to get points and even with the difficulties that we had with our pre-season, now I don't think is the time to be speaking about that.

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