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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho explained that Paul Pogba was made captain against Leicester City because he understands the club's culture and has a good relationship with the players.

Pogba explained his side of the incident after the game and said he would not always be taking penalties for United this season.

With Mourinho seemingly happy with his players after the opening-day win, perhaps he is not as disgruntled as everyone thought.

"Leicester were strong in periods but we coped with that as a team". The World Cup-winning Frenchman opened the scoring as early as in the third minute from the spot.

Although some were surprised to see Pogba in action again so soon after his post-World Cup break, Mourinho insisted it was not a hard decision to play him because Pogba said he was ready.

Pogba scored and dominated as United's captain in their 2-1 home win against Leicester City to kick off their season.

"A good match. A match where I needed six changes not three", he told Sky Sports in his post-match interview. "I had my plans for many months and I find myself with the market closed in a situation I did not think I would be in", said the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager.

The United boss clashed several times with Shaw last season but he was jubilant following the left-back's goal last night, rushing over to his staff to celebrate.

"We don't have a penalty taker, it's how we feel and I chose to take it".

Leicester responded well though with new signing James Maddison forcing a fine save out of United keeper David De Gea as the visitors gave Mourinho's side plenty to think about.

United also have a number of returning World Cup stars on the bench, with Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku all on standby.

Vardy almost made a vital contribution as provider when he outmuscled Shaw and picked out Gray in the middle who was denied by another fine save by De Gea.

"If I played Scott, I would have two kids and a new player [Fred] in midfield".

Substitute Jamie Vardy pulled one back with a stoppage-time header after Ricardo Pereira's cross came back off the post, but it was too little, too late for Leicester.

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