World Cup victor Paul Pogba's 3rd-minute penalty and a late goal from Luke Shaw gave Manchester United a 2-1 win over Leicester City at Old Trafford in the opening game of the Premier League season on Friday.
Mourinho was left with little recourse to hand him over the captaincy, a role some argue he may have already earned. I haven't won the Premier League, I haven't won the Champions League, I haven't won the Euros so there are more to win.
Mourinho's relationship with Pogba has attracted as much attention as his dealings with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in recent months, but events at Old Trafford appeared to be restorative. "So I asked Paul and he put himself forward for the team and was very, very good for us".
"Paul was fantastic, his contribution was incredible but the fuel was disappearing". The Portuguese manager was pointedly critical of his star player following the World Cup, essentially challenging him to replicate his World Cup form at the club level. "We were in trouble", added Mourinho.
On his United debut, Fred did well at what I would call the ugly work, which was winning the ball back and not trying to be too clever when he had it, and I thought Alexis Sanchez's work without the ball was superb too.
We have big and multi-functional coaching staffs, and I think we are more the head coach than the manager.
"It's his third season, he's come through the academy and knows the club well".
De Gea made a huge stop in the first half on James Maddison, denying the young player in the box with this save.
Vardy almost made a vital contribution as provider when he outmuscled Shaw and picked out Gray in the middle who was denied by another fine save by De Gea.
Shaw finally doubled the advantage when he capitalised on his own heavy touch to squeeze a finish into the bottom-right corner and, while Vardy nodded in from close range at the end after Ricardo Pereira's cross came back off the post, the Red Devils just about did enough.