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Paul Pogba Appointed Manchester United's Captain By Jose Mourinho

Paul Pogba Appointed Manchester United's Captain By Jose Mourinho

After sealing deals for Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant by early July, last season's Premier League runners-up were unable to add further despite the Portuguese's explicit desire to bring in two more players.

The hierarchy at the North-West giants were allegedly against paying what they considered to be over the odds for any additions, but according to The Sun, the club were prepared to spend big on Varane.

A number of other centre-backs were tracked but the club found few realistic options to markedly improve their backline as they attempted to balance long-term success with Mourinho's hunger for silverware.

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Mourinho has been without some of his key players over the past month or so as important members of his squad got an extended break following the World Cup.

'But every time he played, he did a great job and showed something great.

"But again, the perception of the people that read can be different, but I like my players and my group".

'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.

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The former Juventus player also indicated that he is ready to stay at United instead of pushing for a move to Spain by saying he wants to win the Premier League. "It depends on the music, but words for me don't come easy". For us it will be a hard season because I had my plans, and I had my plans for many months, and I started the Premier League season without a situation I thought.

However, the Chilean winger looked like a shadow of what we know he can be. "You will see which teams are candidates".

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane had reportedly emerged as a £100m target for Manchester United during the summer transfer window.

Mourinho was keen on Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, Diego Godin, Jerome Boateng and Yerry Mina.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action with David De Gea at Old Trafford in Manchester August 10, 2018.

"He arrived Monday, happy, proud, a desire to work", said Mourinho.

"I made a decision to take it, I was one of the names and in the next game, I can leave it to Alexis, it's not a problem". But it's the same conversation as with (Ashley) Young, (Marouane) Fellaini, (Jesse) Lingard, it's the same.

Although he waned towards the end of the game, Pogba took his penalty very well early on to put United 1-0 up and played a number of unsafe passes into United's forwards as the Red Devils looked to counter-attack in the second half.


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