Pogba gives cryptic response on United future

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A day after Woodward failed to deliver the centre back that the manager desperately wanted, Mourinho laid bare his frustrations with United's executive vice-chairman, claiming that teams will no longer fear playing them if they do not spend more.

Jose is the type of manager who gives someone the captaincy for the right reasons and I think he chose to give Pogba some responsibility for managing the game and the players around him, which was a very clever move.

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

After a week in which Pogba has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, with Barcelona's interest piqued by the Frenchman's frosty relationship with Mourinho after he was repeatedly dropped last season, the Portuguese showed his faith in the midfielder by surprisingly handing him the armband.

"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", he told Sky Sports.

"Will his style of play bring us an EPL (English Premier League) title?"

Victory in the Premier League opener was a much-needed shot in the arm after weeks of doom and gloom, with summer target Harry Maguire's inclusion in the Foxes' line-up serving as a reminder of what they missed.

United did have significant money available for summer signings and would have paid in excess of £100 million for Raphael Varane if the French World Cup victor had been available from Real Madrid.

But due to Mourinho's lack of options Pogba was asked if he could play - and as you would expect, he said yes.

The two-time Champions League victor added: "At this point I'd just say we need to win". [Shaw's] game was very complete, even if I forget the goal, of course an important goal for us, but the performance was very complete.

"It will be a hard season for everybody", Mourinho said on Friday night. "The decision belonged to him, because Andreas Pereira comes from Valencia bench as a winger to play number six; Fred had 10 days training, Ukrainian league, comes direct to Old Trafford; Ander Herrera injured".

It took Pogba just two minutes to make his mark as he put United 1-0 ahead with a perfectly placed penalty past Kasper Schmeichel.

"I made a choice to try and finish the game", he said. I know it's a great cup, it will stay in my mind, but I want to win all the trophies.