Mourinho explains Martial stance for Leicester

Toby Alderweireld

Mourinho warned last weekend that a "difficult season" could lie ahead if they failed to strengthen the squad before the deadline, but an inflated market has made the challenge of improving defensively an even tougher ask.

Another Frenchman who actually had no pre-season, Paul Pogba, could be on the bench for United in their season opener against Leicester on Friday, despite returning to training just this week.

"So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to these first couple of matches - maybe three matches because after Spurs (and Burnley on August 27 and September 1 respectively) there is (a) national team (break) and a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare people better".

"Antonio Valencia is the captain but he is not here so Paul Pogba is captain".

"In my opinion it would be a good performance but with the circumstances I think very good because pre-season was very hard and we needed this fantastic spirit by the players to manage this performance and this result".

"There was never a need to change what Man United do - the formula is there and there was never a need of a new philosophy", the 43-year-old told Malay Mail at Resorts World Genting last month.

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"I am not confident, and the market closes today, so it's time, at least for me, to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed". It's over, the market is closed.

"I think it's a good move", Neville said on Sky Sports about the captaincy.

"The team played as a team".

Leicester manager Claude Puel: "We lost Riyad Mahrez, who was a very valuable player for us, so it was important to keep our best players and have good additions to the squad". They (Leicester) spent more money than us, so in the Premier League we must get used to teams with players of the same quality that we have.

"Yeah I think it has been a long time since we won the league and it would mean more than ever to win that", he explained. Every team is a good team, forget the name, forget the history, forget the shirt.

Ashley Young and Luke Shaw will fight for the left-back spot instead. It will be interesting to see how Paul Pogba turns Manchester United fortune this season.

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