Manchester United vs Leicester City - predicted starting XI

Fred left made his first Premier League appearance

Yet after Mourinho was denied the signing of an elite centre-back in the summer window he voiced his frustrations by hinting United's board, led by Woodward, are acting as de facto football experts by having the final say over him regarding recruitment. "That's football management. I think football is changing and managers should be called head coaches".

Mourinho warned last weekend that a "difficult season" could lie ahead if they failed to strengthen the squad before the deadline, but an inflated market has made the challenge of improving defensively an even tougher ask. He stated that the win was a good one because Leicester invested more in new players than United did this summer.

United's city rivals Manchester City walked the 2017-18 Premier League campaign and lifted the trophy after becoming the first team to ever reach 100 points, so it's no surprise they are heavy favourites going into this season.

Pogba could be included tonight when United and Leicester kick-off the new Premier League season at Old Trafford. Forget the name, forget the history, forget the shirts, every team is a good team and every match is hard'.

United's squad is stretched through injuries and fitness issues with returning World Cup stars heading into their Premier League opener.

"Pogba was a monster, we thought maximum 60 minutes but he managed the 80".

Jamie Vardy second left scored at Old Trafford
Jamie Vardy second left scored at Old Trafford

Pushed on whether there would be any ins or outs on Thursday, Mourinho added: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen)".

'But he was ready and practised lots of penalties during the World Cup'.

'The manager puts names out, after that it is how we feel, ' he said. Maybe in the next game I can give to Alexis.

Of Pogba's penalty, which came after just 75 seconds, he said: "A very good penalty taker". It's not a problem, it's the win that is most important'.

Manchester United started the window showing real intent: the purchase of Brazil midfielder Fred set pulses racing, but the subsequent buys of Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant meant that their business, upon the close of the window, was largely poor.

After a brilliant World Cup, Perisic is now worth nearly double that figure.

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