"If you're not happy, you can not give your best", Pogba said. We planned to go to Old Trafford early yesterday to try to get Pogba's autograph before the players went off to their hotel, but had a delay with the vehicle hire at Manchester Airport and missed the team. "I don't think I was playing as well as I could with my attacking capabilities last season, and that's what I'm known for". "We have to wait until the end of November to understand if we can fight for the title". Or you believe in the pundits and go with what they say. And wearing this, it's even more because of the past, because of the players that played here, the people that have been wearing this. "Forget the name, the history, the shirt, every match is hard".
This was backed up by the fact Pogba was made captain for the match last night.
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.
Having returned from France's triumph in Russian Federation last month to intense media speculation about his future under United manager Mourinho, the 25-year-old Pogba was named skipper of a team that included debutant Fred.
'Paul was fantastic. His contribution was awesome. "We thought a maximum 60 minutes but he managed 80".
"I am the same, it's the same Paul Pogba, the France midfielder said, reflecting on his summer".
'Of course, we have second or third choice in case he is not confident or for some reason doesn't want to take it.
'But he was ready and practised lots of penalties during the World Cup'.
"We changed the goalkeepers with Lee because Joel [Pereira, loaned to Vitoria de Setubal] is such a good young goalkeeper that he needs to play". 'I chose to take it.
So far there's no word as to who would fill this role, or when they would be appointed.
We should start the Premier League with a win and we did today. I want to progress and get better again and I want to win more trophies.
The 22-year-old attacker is among those to have been available for the Red Devils throughout the summer having missed the World Cup.
Despite their horror transfer window, former Premier League ace Savage reckons Mourinho's men will finish in the top four ahead of Tottenham and Arsenal.