Paul Pogba posts cryptic message on Instagram after Manchester United win

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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.

Speculation about Paul Pogba's future at Manchester United continues to mount amid reports in the British media that the midfielder is afraid he will be punished if he says the wrong thing.

Jose Mourinho feels his team braved hard circumstances to get a fine start to Manchester United's 2018-19 Premier League season on Friday.

He even went so far as to say that his job is more as a coach than a manager, and that this transition can be generalized to football at large.

But this is the last time I speak about it. It's over, the market is closed.

"We have big coaching staffs and I think we are more the head coach than the manager".

"Their first thought when they got the ball was always to get it forward and they were trying to get their wide players high up the pitch, which is the United way. Forget the name, the history, the shirt, every match is hard". "I was kind of disappointed with my performances in preseason - I don't think I was what I can be and I still think I can be better than I was tonight", Shaw told MUTV.

"I relish every challenge, it doesn't matter what, I love to work. For sure they are going to have a very good season".

Manchester United's transfer woes in pre-season has left Jose Mourinho feeling more like a head coach than a manager as his targets were reportedly vetoed. "[Romelu] Lukaku and [Maroaune] Fellaini were available to help the team".

He said: "Clearly things aren't right, there's a disconnect between the three key players at United and none of it is particularly healthy".

"It's about him understanding why he was so good, especially in the second part of the competition", said the Portuguese.

"[Kasper] Schmeichel is very good on pens but no chance".

United are at Brighton & Hove Albion next Sunday. Mourinho isn't a ball-buster per se, but he isn't going to baby his players if he sees room for improvement.

Claude Puel, the visiting manager, said: "It was a shame to concede this goal at the beginning of the game".

Leicester showed that even without Riyad Mahrez, who has joined Manchester City, they remain a team with plenty of creativity.

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