Man Utd 2-1 Leicester: Pogba and Shaw start the season with victory

Paul Pogba was the captain of Manchester United, and gave them the perfect start with a penalty after only three minutes

Pit, pat, pit, pat. Here comes Paul Pogba, for his penalty. Pit, pat, pit, pat. Small steps, a strange abstraction, as if something had started and now it can not stop. Pit, pat, pit, pat, pit, pat. Now he is approaching, advancing on the ball, 14 small jumps and counting.

Then, the pace lengthens, and the comic vignette comes to an end and the ball is on the roof of Kasper Schmeichel's net, and the Manchester United season is underway. That's what a World Cup wins for a player. It fills him: with confidence, courage, ingenuity, imagination. Maybe that's what the captain's bracelet does at Manchester United as well.

Except that Pogba had had it before and rarely played with the arrogance and certainty of Friday night. If this was not a statement, United's victory was because Leicester is still a very problematic opponent in his day, and few teams will find it easy against him.

Paul Pogba was the captain of Manchester United, and gave them the perfect start with a penalty after only three minutes

Paul Pogba was the captain of Manchester United, and gave them the perfect start with a penalty after only three minutes

Pogba, after a casual start, planted the pitch in the top corner to give United the perfect start to the new season.

Pogba, after a casual start, planted the pitch in the top corner to give United the perfect start to the new season.

Pogba, after a casual start, planted the pitch in the top corner to give United the perfect start to the new season.

The winning midfielder of the World Cup, linked to a move away from United, is congratulated by his teammates for scoring

The winning midfielder of the World Cup, linked to a move away from United, is congratulated by his teammates for scoring

The winning midfielder of the World Cup, linked to a move away from United, is congratulated by his teammates for scoring

United struggled to take advantage of their advantage for long periods before left-back Luke Shaw put all three points safely with this goal.

United struggled to take advantage of their advantage for long periods before left-back Luke Shaw put all three points safely with this goal.

United struggled to take advantage of their advantage for long periods before left-back Luke Shaw put all three points safely with this goal.

The home team saw the nervousness the last couple of minutes after Jamie Vardy scored after a cross that came off the post.

The home team saw the nervousness the last couple of minutes after Jamie Vardy scored after a cross that came off the post.

The home team saw the nervousness the last couple of minutes after Jamie Vardy scored after a cross that came off the post.

CORRESPONDING FACTS, TABLE OF LEAGUE AND PARTY AREA

Manchester United (4-3-3): De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred (McTominay 77), Pogba (Fellaini 83), Andreas; Mata, Alexis, Rashford (Lukaku 66)

Unused Subs: Grant, Smalling, Young, Martial

Goals: Pogba pen 3, Shaw 83

Reservations: Fred 54, Andreas 69

Leicester (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Amartey (Ghezzal 63), Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Ndidi, Silva (Iborra 80); Ricardo, Maddison (Vardy 63), Gray; Iheanacho

Unused Subs: Ward, Evans, Fuchs, Albrighton

Objective: Vardy 90 + 2

Reservations: Amartey 51, Maddison 54

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Marcus Rashford ran hard, but could not offer a constant goal threat to Manchester United, as shown by his heat map, and was replaced in 66 minutes. For more statistics and data, check the exclusive MATCH ZONE service by clicking here.

Marcus Rashford ran hard, but could not offer a constant goal threat to Manchester United, as shown by his heat map, and was replaced in 66 minutes. For more statistics and data, check the exclusive MATCH ZONE service by clicking here.

Marcus Rashford ran hard, but could not offer a constant goal threat to Manchester United, as shown by his heat map, and was replaced in 66 minutes. For more statistics and data, see the exclusive MATCH ZONE service of by clicking here.

United did not, but neither side, to be fair, was able to line up their strongest starting team so soon after the World Cup. United did not present Romelu Lukaku until the half of the second half, while Jesse Lingard could not even secure a place in the team. Pogba captained in the absence of Antonio Valencia, although seeing what he brought from him, will Mourinho be tempted to make permanent change?

He certainly seemed impressed with Pogba's willingness to play so soon after his efforts in the World Cup, and if the player's head has been turned by Barcelona, ​​he showed no signs of it with a vigorous and diligent screen.

A report this week claimed that Manchester United had the best luck of all teams in the Premier League last season and it could be argued that it continues. The handball given against Daniel Armatey by a shot by Alexis Sánchez after two minutes was hard. His arms were next to his body and he was moving away, but Andre Marriner took an early opportunity to get involved and pointed to the place.

Pogba overtook Pogba, ahead of Marcus Rashford, who started as a forward and scorer in Russia, and that's how it started, with the long pitching career. If Pogba had failed, he would have been a laughingstock. He would have known it too, but he did it anyway. That's what gives you the medal of the winners of the World Cup. In his mind, he was never in doubt.

Pogba seemed confident before hitting the penalty kick, making a small step, running towards the ball to shoot

Pogba seemed confident before hitting the penalty kick, making a small step, running towards the ball to shoot

Pogba seemed confident before hitting the penalty kick, making a small step, running towards the ball to shoot

Daniel Amartey gave the penalty when it was judged that he had driven in the area after a shot by Alexis Sánchez

Daniel Amartey gave the penalty when it was judged that he had driven in the area after a shot by Alexis Sánchez

Daniel Amartey gave the penalty when it was judged that he had driven in the area after a shot by Alexis Sánchez

Luke Shaw had never scored a goal in senior soccer before breaking into the box and getting into the right corner

Luke Shaw had never scored a goal in senior soccer before breaking into the box and getting into the right corner

Luke Shaw had never scored a goal in senior soccer before breaking into the box and getting into the right corner

Shaw, who has previously been a magnet for criticism at United, is welcomed after scoring what turned out to be the winning goal.

Shaw, who has previously been a magnet for criticism at United, is welcomed after scoring what turned out to be the winning goal.

Shaw, who has previously been a magnet for criticism at United, is welcomed after scoring what turned out to be the winning goal.

Jose Mourinho, who has been a critical critic of Shaw's physical form and performances, celebrated the player's goal with gusto

Jose Mourinho, who has been a critical critic of Shaw's physical form and performances, celebrated the player's goal with gusto

Jose Mourinho, who has been a critical critic of Shaw's physical form and performances, celebrated the player's goal with gusto

If Belgium had won the World Cup, as many thought they would, maybe Lukaku would have seized the wonderful opportunity to finish the contest that was presented after 78 minutes, after Sanchez put him with only Schmeichel to beat. Instead, as a father and son at Old Trafford, the goalkeeper came to attack, scattered and the ball cut off one leg and spun on the bar.

It was Luke Shaw's turn, of all people, to secure victory. Often, the child who whips here, Shaw has never scored a goal at the top level for any club, but this was taken very well. He received a pass in the cross field of Juan Mata, tried to take it off, had a little luck with the spin, but jumped around his man to claim it on the other side and finish the first time.

After such a miserable summer, apparently, this was the boost United needed. With a two-goal cushion, Mourinho eliminated Pogba, but this did not feel like a trial, more like the pragmatic call of a manager who may not feel so negatively about his chances this season as a suspect.

However, he would not have liked the belated response from Leicester, sneaked by Jamie Vardy after David De Gea and Eric Bailly mingled and left a cross by Ricardo that cut the far post and came up next to the lurking England forward .

Vardy caught a goal after David De Gea and Eric Bailly mingled and left a cross by Ricardo that cut the far post

Vardy caught a goal after David De Gea and Eric Bailly mingled and left a cross by Ricardo that cut the far post

Vardy caught a goal after David De Gea and Eric Bailly mingled and left a cross by Ricardo that cut the far post

Vardy ran back into the center circle after scoring, while Leicester chased a point, but eventually they ran out of time.

Vardy ran back into the center circle after scoring, while Leicester chased a point, but eventually they ran out of time.

Vardy ran back into the center circle after scoring, while Leicester chased a point, but eventually they ran out of time.

Romelu Lukaku started on the bench for United, while Harry Maguire was at Old Trafford in blue after his move moved

Romelu Lukaku started on the bench for United, while Harry Maguire was at Old Trafford in blue after his move moved

Romelu Lukaku started on the bench for United, while Harry Maguire was at Old Trafford in blue after his move moved

James Maddison, a summer signing of £ 24 million by Leicester of Norwich, impressed in his debut in the Premier League

James Maddison, a summer signing of £ 24 million by Leicester of Norwich, impressed in his debut in the Premier League

James Maddison, a summer signing of £ 24 million by Leicester of Norwich, impressed in his debut in the Premier League

Maddison had Leicester's best chance for the first half with a 12-yard strike brilliantly saved by David De Gea

Maddison had Leicester's best chance for the first half with a 12-yard strike brilliantly saved by David De Gea

Maddison had Leicester's best chance for the first half with a 12-yard strike brilliantly saved by David De Gea

De Gea tries a punch from a corner of Leicester, under the inadvertent pressure of his own captain Pogba

De Gea tries a punch from a corner of Leicester, under the inadvertent pressure of his own captain Pogba

De Gea tries a punch from a corner of Leicester, under the inadvertent pressure of his own captain Pogba

Ricardo, another summer signing of the Fox, takes a shot from the distance that Pogba deflected wide by a corner

Ricardo, another summer signing of the Fox, takes a shot from the distance that Pogba deflected wide by a corner

Ricardo, another summer signing of the Fox, takes a shot from the distance that Pogba deflected wide by a corner

In the three seasons since winning the league, Leicester has conceded the first goal of the season on each occasion. Hull, Arsenal and now the United opponents, however, if this fact makes Leicester appear somewhat mild, the first 45 minutes here could be presented as evidence to the contrary.

It is true that Leicester scored a goal after three minutes at Old Trafford, but what happened after that proved that Claude Puel's team will not be easy this season. They gave United a good run for the money, the dizzying speed with which the players of Mourinho began to sink while the ambition of the knights gave way to realism.

They were not going to sweep Leicester off the field after all. They needed to be sensible, work hard to protect their goal, contain. This was not a negative plan, United wanted to move forward, but a result of Leicester's counterattack. Ben Chilwell was a significant threat to the left, and Matteo Darmian was completely stretched against him; the impressive Demarai Gray will surely benefit from the opportunities offered by the sale of Riyad Mahrez. As for James Maddison, he was a constant threat, his movement worried Eric Bailly, who may be consummate in one moment, naive the next, maybe why Mourinho was in the market in the center.

Pogba had another chance to score for United with a well-hit volley from a distance, but the goalkeeper easily solved it.

Pogba had another chance to score for United with a well-hit volley from a distance, but the goalkeeper easily solved it.

Pogba had another chance to score for United with a well-hit volley from a distance, but the goalkeeper easily solved it.

Leicester struggled with a goal threat in the second half, although they came close when De Gea saved the Demarai Gray movie

Leicester struggled with a goal threat in the second half, although they came close when De Gea saved the Demarai Gray movie

Leicester struggled with a goal threat in the second half, although they came close when De Gea saved the Demarai Gray movie

Rashford, who started in the role of center forward with Lukaku banking, battles with teammate of the England World Cup Maguire

Rashford, who started in the role of center forward with Lukaku banking, battles with teammate of the England World Cup Maguire

Rashford, who started in the role of center forward with Lukaku banking, battles with teammate of the England World Cup Maguire

Rashford ran hard, but could not offer a constant scoring threat to United, and was replaced by Lukaku in 66 minutes.

Rashford ran hard, but could not offer a constant scoring threat to United, and was replaced by Lukaku in 66 minutes.

Rashford ran hard, but could not offer a constant scoring threat to United, and was replaced by Lukaku in 66 minutes.

The Belgian international should have scored when he cleared 10 yards, but Kasper Schmeichel made a brilliant stop

The Belgian international should have scored when he cleared 10 yards, but Kasper Schmeichel made a brilliant stop

The Belgian international should have scored when he cleared 10 yards, but Kasper Schmeichel made a brilliant stop

So United made the breakthrough, but Leicester had most of the possession and threatened to damage it too. What can never be underestimated, however, is that United has the best goalkeeper in the league. Chelsea may have broken Liverpool's world record in the position this summer, but neither Alisson nor Kepa Arrizabalaga are a patch for David De Gea.

Real Madrid may have taken Thibaut Courtois, but that was only because it was available and De Gea was not. The World Cup was not kind to him, but De Gea is, for now, still the goalkeeper to beat in the Premier League, and in minute 26, he showed why that does not happen too often.

A sustained period of pressure from Leicester ended with Wilfred Ndidi framing the ball in the box, where Maddison fell. He got a strong connection from up close, but somehow De Gea extended an arm and pushed him away. How was the strong hand, who knows? It was one of those shots that test the structure of the skeleton as much as agility or resolution. It would be rushed to declare the rescue of the season after the opening game, but it is fair to say that this is the first to win.

At the other end, Kasper Schmeichel was surprisingly calm given the start that made Manchester United. Shortly after Pogba's penalty, a long ball played by Juan Mata pulled him out of his line to clear it but, apart from that, there was little to put him to the test in the first half at least. Shaw cut from the left side and should have done better with his shot, but went straight to Schmeichel. While United looked animated and energetic at the counter, while Leicester began to cause its own problems, the skirmishes grew very little.

However, there is a clear promise here, and Fred will be a player once he adjusts to English football. Sometimes here he looked exactly like the type of player to fit in with Pogba in midfield; in others he seemed to need a movement of the reins to remind him that the game in this country, although not necessarily the best, is unique in its fierce rhythm and demand. That is why the season opens with the intensity of the previous night; and why should I get the best out of a character like Pogba?

United's coach, Mourinho, dissatisfied with the club's summer transfers, takes notes after his team started to perfection

United's coach, Mourinho, dissatisfied with the club's summer transfers, takes notes after his team started to perfection

United's coach, Mourinho, dissatisfied with the club's summer transfers, takes notes after his team started to perfection

The Stretford End at Old Trafford was packed under the spotlight on Friday night for the first game of the Premier League season.

The Stretford End at Old Trafford was packed under the spotlight on Friday night for the first game of the Premier League season.

The Stretford End at Old Trafford was packed under the spotlight on Friday night for the first game of the Premier League season.

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