Shaw gets first career goal as Manchester United beat Leicester

Rex Christensen
August 11, 2018

Mourinho's enthusiasm for Harry Maguire was not shared by the Old Trafford decision-makers and, when the club approached Leicester, they were put off by the kind of fee that would have been necessary to sign the England worldwide in the wake of Virgil van Dijk's £75 million transfer from Southampton to Liverpool last season.

"We played against a team that invest more than us".

It was not ideal by any means, but who cares?

Alas for Claude Puel's men, they wouldn't nab an equaliser, with United getting their campaign underway with all three points.

Mourinho said after the game that his side showed glimpses of what they are capable of, and they certainly made an impressive start.

Pundit Paul Merson has told Sky Sports News (09/08/2018, 15:30) that he would buy Tottenham Hotspur's Mousa Dembele to replace Paul Pogba at Manchester United.

The midfielder who amassed a total of 718 appearances for the club questioned the Portuguese manager's idea of a "new-look" for United, saying former manager Sir Alex Ferguson has already left the club with a flawless recipe for success.

"He should have been allowed to buy whoever he wanted and if it succeeded, fantastic".

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It was very exciting to watch for the first 20 or 25 minutes but, when they took their foot off the gas, Leicester came right back into the game. The style of play under Mourinho has not been easy to watch but he'll always say I don't care what style but we finished second in the league.

It was the first senior goal for the 23-year-old left-back as he opened his seventh season in the Premier League, and it turned out to be a match-winner as well, after Jamie Vardy headed home a rebound to get a goal back for Leicester in the 92nd minute.

France global Pogba played, and scored, in the World Cup final just 26 days ago but with options thin on the ground he barely hesitated when invited to take to the field against the Foxes.

Mourinho believes he can now help his squad to get better, however.

"That's football management. I think football is changing". I am happy with all the players at the moment'.

"It was not a hard decision [to start Pogba], the decision was down to him".

Mourinho has been critical of Shaw in the past but he was full of praise for him afterwards, and rightly so. Shaw, who himself has suffered plenty of criticism from Mourinho in the past two seasons, then appeared to make the game safe when he fired low into the far corner to spark wild celebrations from his manager. "I was meant to come inside and I managed to get in front of him and put it in".

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