And after a brief conversation with Sanchez, Pogba stepped up to bury the spot kick - but only after an unusual run-up that became an instant hit on Twitter.
I know they had a lapse right at the end when Jamie Vardy pulled a goal back for the Foxes but, otherwise, they had the kind of focus they needed. His initial shot was stunningly stopped by the Leicester keeper, but the deflection flew into the air and all of Old Trafford held their breaths as they waited to see if it would fall into the back of the net.
Pogba wrote: "I'll always give my best to the fans and my teammates no matter what's going on".
"But he's so confident and he started the game brilliantly", Neville added.
He is the best left-back at the club when he is fit and flying so I am glad he has got his goal, because it should take a bit of pressure off him.
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"I think it would have been put on the board before who the penalty taker was".
He said: 'You have to know one thing. "The manager has names but after, it's how we feel".
"I made a decision to take it, I was one of the names and in the next game, I can leave it to Alexis, it's not a problem".
However, the 20-time English champions have been limited to three additions in the summer transfer window to leave Jose Mourinho in a foul mood ahead of the new season. "We thought maximum (he could play) 60 minutes, but he managed 80". "But very complete performance, he just has to keep going, the mentality was very good, the tactical discipline was very good too and he had the power to move forward and score an important goal for us".
"We should start the Premier League with a win and we did". 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. I know it's a great cup, it will stay in my mind, but I want to win all the trophies.
Nonetheless Mourinho was pleased with his team's display, singling out Pogba and Shaw for particular praise, and the overall spirit.