Mourinho prepared for 'difficult' season after transfer woes

Mourinho prepared for 'difficult' season after transfer woes

Paul Pogba insists he can be a leader at Manchester United even after he hands back the captain's armband to Antonio Valencia.

Paul Pogba has said that he is unable to reveal how he truly feels under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United as he risks being fined.

A tense relationship with Jose Mourinho appears to be at the heart of it. Questions about their relationship were raised last term and the midfielder is said to have been annoyed by his manager's comments around the World Cup.

José Mourinho's Manchester United squeaked a 2-1 victory over Leicester City in the first match of the new Premier League season.

Pogba posted a message on Instagram after the game that notably did not include a reference to his club boss.

"If you're not happy, you can not give your best", Pogba said.

MANCHESTER - Paul Pogba eschewed the opportunity to end talk he is unsettled at Manchester United by insisting: "there are things that I can not say, otherwise I will get fined".

"It was not easy to manage the game from the touchline, but I told the players we had good periods, lots of glimpses of the type of football we wanted to play".

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"We have to wait for end of November, beginning of December to understand how things are going and if we can fight for the title".

Pogba was named captain for the match despite only returning to training on Monday following an outstanding World Cup campaign with France. "I think we are more the head coach than the manager", he said.

And in what looked like another dig at executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, the 55-year-old suggested he is no longer United manager but "head coach".

"It will be a hard season for everybody, not just for us", said Mourinho.

De Gea made a huge stop in the first half on James Maddison, denying the young player in the box with this save.

"Of course the boys with the proper pre-seasons, they were in much better condition", Mourinho said.

"We've learned from the past that if he takes too many players on, like he did at Chelsea and Real Madrid, then there's only one outcome". Don't get me wrong, Mourinho does love to remind the opposition whenever his side scores, but his celebration following Shaw's goal was something else.