This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
OK
Dublin: 11 °C Friday 22 March, 2019
Advertisement

Paul Pogba handed captain's armband in Man United's Premier League opener

The France international starts just a couple of weeks after starring in the World Cup final.

MAN UNITED MANAGER Jose Mourinho showed his faith in Paul Pogba by naming the midfielder captain for the Red Devils’ Premier League opener against Leicester on Friday.

Pogba had been linked with a move to Barcelona due to his frosty relationship with Mourinho, who dropped the French World Cup winner on numerous occasions last season.

However, Mourinho insisted on the eve of the season’s curtain raiser Pogba is happy at Old Trafford and, despite just returning to training on Monday after his exertions in helping Les Bleus win a second World Cup, Pogba has been handed the armband.

Mourinho has clashed with the United hierarchy in pre-season over their failure to sign another centre-back with the Portuguese predicting a season of gloom for not strengthening his squad.

Victor Lindelof gets the nod alongside Eric Bailly at the heart of the United defence despite his late return to pre-season due to his commitments with World Cup quarter-finalists Sweden with Chris Smalling relegated to the bench.

Brazilian international Fred also makes his United debut in midfield, while Andreas Pereira makes just his second Premier League start.

Romelu Lukaku is only fit enough for a place on the bench, though, as Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata start in attack.

A hero of England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals and United transfer target, Harry Maguire, starts for Leicester.

But his international team-mate Jamie Vardy has been left on the bench by Claude Puel.

© – AFP 2018

The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article
  •  

About the author:

AFP

Read next:

COMMENTS

This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel