Mourinho explains Martial stance for Leicester

Lawrence Kim
August 11, 2018

Mourinho then said it will be a "difficult" season, and suggested that he perhaps needs a new title, rather than a manager.

Manchester United beat Leicester 2-1 tonight with Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw scoring before Jamie Vardy's late consolation.

'We have big and multi-functional coaching staff, and I think we are more the head coach than the manager.

Chelsea let the Serbian defensive midfielder leave for £35m last summer - and he enjoyed a remarkably consistent debut season at Old Trafford.

'I think football is changing, and probably football managers should be called now more head coaches.

'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, ' said Mourinho.

The 18-19 campaign will be his ninth as a United player and he's now one of the more experienced members of the squad, so he'll certainly be a key figure if he plays as much as expected.

"I said that during preseason and it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat: Preseason is hard when you don't have your players to work, that's as simple as that". Forget the name, forget the history, forget the shirts, every team is a good team and every match is hard'.

Mourinho was full of praise for Pogba, who impressed for United just four days after he returned to training with United and 26 days after he helped France win the World Cup final.

In another dig at the club's lack of spending, he added: 'We played against a good team.

The midfielder who amassed a total of 718 appearances for the club questioned the Portuguese manager's idea of a "new-look" for United, saying former manager Sir Alex Ferguson has already left the club with a ideal recipe for success. Can Paul Pogba get the best out of Paul Pogba?

United were linked with several new players in various positions across the pitch during the close-season, but in the end only Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant arrived.

"A match where I needed six changes, not three". I think with everybody, all the players, all the team-mates, make you comfortable to wear this and proud to wear this.

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