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The speculation surrounding Paul Pogba's future intensified in the aftermath of Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Leicester City in the Premier League opener last night.

Pogba played a key part in France's successful World Cup campaign and was therefore allowed to miss most of United's pre-season.

The Guardian reports that Manchester United were not willing to go ahead with some of Jose Mourinho's targets in the summer as they did not believe the players were right for the team.

"We have to wait for end of November, beginning of December to understand how things are going and if we can fight for the title". For us it will be a hard season because I had my plans, and I had my plans for many months, and I started the Premier League season without a situation I thought.

A 2-1 victory on Friday night, built around a stirring performance and an early penalty from World Cup victor Pogba as well as Luke Shaw's first career goal, might have been cause for good cheer but Mourinho chose the occasion to revisit his concerns over the club's recent business.

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"You think of Alderweireld, which to me seemed like a certainty that Manchester United would sign Alderweireld", he said on Sky Sports. It was a good match with three good teams, in my opinion. In the second half I had Andreas Pereira and Fred with a yellow card, Paul was fantastic his contribution was incredible but the fuel was disappearing.

It's a tough call but it seems like Pogba will remain for now, even if his relationship with Mourinho is strained. We thought [he could play a] maximum 60 minutes, but he managed 80. I think one defensive mistake and probably the linesman could help him and give a free-kick against Leicester. Maybe in the next game I can give to Alexis.

"I don't remember in my career to be in so much in trouble to make my changes because I wanted to make five or six and I could only make three".

'Of course, we have second or third choice in case he is not confident or for some reason doesn't want to take it. "Impossible for [Kasper] Schmeichel - he needed wings".


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