Friday, 19 October, 2018

Man United kick off Premier League season with win

Man Utd news Jose Mourinho Ed Woodward Yerry Mina Man Utd news Jose Mourinho wanted to sign a centre-back
Cassandra Castillo | 12 August, 2018, 09:27

"When you look at Mourinho when he first came into the Premier League, he was happy, he was cheeky, he was smiley, he was arrogant in a good way", Shearer said on Match of the Day. Or you believe in the pundits and go with what they say.

Jamie Redknapp has urged Jose Mourinho to rediscover his spark at Manchester United.

A 2-1 victory on Friday night, built around a stirring performance and an early penalty from World Cup victor Pogba as well as Luke Shaw's first career goal, might have been cause for good cheer but Mourinho chose the occasion to revisit his concerns over the club's recent business.

We have big and multi-functional coaching staffs, and I think we are more the head coach than the manager.

United were too good. The Belgium-born Brazilian was calm and composed in the United engine room, quietly breaking up play and setting the Reds off on attacks.

Sanchez ticks all the boxes you want from your forward, so it is very hard to leave him out.

Shaw got the start, which would have been nerve-wracking for him.

Luke made one mistake - towards the end of the game when he was caught in possession inside his own area by Vardy - but he will not need to be told about it.

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It's Shaw's victor. He scored his first senior team goal with a lovely move around his defender and a fine finish to the far post.

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'But he just lifts it over Kasper Schmeichel and when they lift it to the upper part of the net, keepers never get them'.

As I was saying on BBC Radio 5 live on Friday, United have a very strong squad.

"If you're not happy in doing what you're doing right now, there's no point doing it" he says. I was fantastic spirit, and there were periods of very good football.

That's not surprising, because I know from experience that everyone is a bit rusty for the first game back.

Wearing the captain's armband, Pogba got the scoring started with a third-minute penalty and generally impressed in the centre of the pitch, but it was his ability to keep going for 80 minutes despite a lack of a pre-season that Mourinho focused on in his post-match news conference.

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