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Jose Mourinho says Paul Pogba was the penalty-kick taker of choice for Manchester United after Pogba converted in their win over Leicester City.

The France worldwide is rumoured to have informed executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward of his desire to leave Old Trafford in the remaining weeks of the transfer window.

United have denied that happened, while it was also reported that Mino Raiola, the player's agent, had even struck a deal with Barcelona - the kind of interest that the club have vowed to reject.

France World Cup victor Pogba has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in recent days, with the player's refusal to deny the links with the Catalan giants via his various social media platforms fuelling rumours that he is open to leaving United in this transfer window.

And the Portuguese seemed to confirm those reports after Friday's unimpressive 2-1 win over Leicester City in the Premier League's opening game of the 2018-19 season, a campaign he predicts will be "difficult" for his squad.

Nonetheless Mourinho was pleased with his team's display, singling out Pogba and Shaw for particular praise, and the overall spirit. "That's all I say".

'I find myself in the beginning of the Premier League with the market closed in the situation I thought I was not going to be in, ' said Mourinho.

The United manager claimed during the tour of the US that Pogba's form had improved during the World Cup because he was free from distractions and fully focused on football.

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With players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick out of the equation, Pogba is now United's leader on the pitch. "I have always been talking to the teammates".

"It was definitely a positive night for United, who picked up three points against hard opponents - and there is lots more to come from them", Dublin said.

Manchester United star Luke Shaw has responded to criticism over his form last season and admitted he wasn't playing to his full ability.

But Claude Puel's side was unable to maintain that level in the second half, and Juan Mata should have scored for United after good work from Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.

"[United] is a different team, obviously".

"I had only two options, Scott [McTominay] or Paul, but if I play Scott I play two two kids and a new player, so I asked Paul and he put himself available for the team and he was very, very good for us".

Pogba said "everybody was on the same page" in the France dressing room, from manager Didier Deschamps to the staff and players. Despite having their own well-formulated attacks, Mourinho's side often found themselves on the back foot and defending for long bouts of the game.Throughout the seasons, we have become used to an overtly attacking Manchester United side with a strong line of defence. It's going to be easier and it makes the team go higher.

"I always love this club".

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