Paul Pogba led Manchester United out from the Old Trafford tunnel as Jose Mourinho’s side began the Premier League campaign with a win over Leicester City.
Manchester United got off to the perfect start in the 2018/19 Premier League. The Red Devils grabbed a narrow 2-1 win over Leicester City at the Old Trafford. Paul Pogba was given the captain’s armband for the Reds’ opening fixture and he lived up to Jose’s expectations.
Pogba scored a goal within three minutes and was also the Man Of The Match after yesterday’s game. He was ever present and showed no signs of being sluggish despite returning to train with the team just this week at the AON Training Complex.
Jose Mourinho described Paul Pogba as a monster and the World Cup winner also had a say following his goal and three points in the Premier League’s curtain raiser.
Here is what Paul had to say –
ON BEING SKIPPER
“It’s always a pleasure for me, an honour to wear this armband. A lot of big players for story of the club [have had it]. It’s something great. To win today was most important. I scored a penalty, I’m very happy and really happy we started with a win.”
IMPORTANCE OF THE ROLE
“It’s not a role you have to do. I think with everybody, all the players, all the team-mates, make you comfortable to wear this and proud to wear this. Even like when Michael Carrick came to talk to me and told me he wanted me to wear it because of the story of what I give to the club, to the people, to the fans, to the young players in the Academy. Stuff like that – they look up to me. I want to give back to them and always try my best to be thankful to the fans and to my team-mates.”
“The last time we had a penalty, I gave it to Alexis, to him for his first game in the Premier League, or something like that, to score the penalty. For me, it’s not a problem to leave a penalty to him. As long as we score and win the game, I’m happy.”
“Andreas [Pereira] has been playing very well in pre-season, I saw it, and Fred came in and did great. I saw the ability and they’re two great players. Andreas is younger but has the quality and the personality to play in the Premier League. Fred came in and, for his first game, did great. It’s his first game and you know you have to adapt. It’s not easy. He’s done a great job in the win today.”
Paul Pogba comes into the new campaign on the back of high expectations from fans, coaches and his colleagues on the field. Yesterday he delivered a masterclass after being played in a free role. It has already been discussed on many occasions about how the Frenchman has been playing in the free role for France and displayed class even for United.