‘I’ve never been so happy with him’: Mourinho praises Pogba


Pogba was made the stand-in captain for Manchester United's opening Premier League fixture and the World Cup victor got on the score sheet in a 2-1 win over Leicester City.

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Antonio Valencia will remain as captain of Manchester United once the fullback returns from injury.

Pogba scored the opening goal of the new season when he calmly slotted a penalty past Kasper Schmeichel.

Mourinho insisted today that he had no issue with the comments, and claimed that although he has fined a Manchester United player before, it wasn't the divisive Frenchman.

The argument between Pogba and Mourinho, which concluded with the coach telling the player: "If he wants to leave, make him ask for it" has now seen the door closed on a possible departure.

Talking to the press ahead of Sunday's clash, Mourinho explained his mindset: "Looking to the match, I think the best way to look at it is to remember that three months ago we lost there 1-0".

Luke Shaw has described Paul Pogba as a "beast" following the Manchester United midfielder's impressive start to the new Premier League season.

"We should be talking about where Manchester United are going to go this year, not about Pogba, Mourinho, Pogba, Mourinho". I want him to play for the team, which he's doing, and, I repeat, I couldn't be happier than what I am.

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"I don't care", said Mourinho. "I want him to work the way he is doing and play the way he is doing and that's all that matters". He never had a fight with me.

"We thought [about Pogba]: he's a young guy, good personality, made in the academy, normally a starting player, he has conditions to be a captain in future". We never had a hard exchange of words.

"Juventus remains the team to beat and therefore we can say that they are the number one contender for the title".

"I am very confident but if he doesn't that's football", said the 55-year-old. It's exactly what I demand from my players is what he's giving me.

Newspaper reports claimed Mourinho had warned the France World Cup victor not to speak out to the media and he should ask for a transfer if he wanted to quit the club.

"I want him to play well, I want him to play for that team, the fans, and that is what it is".

"He's come back, won the World Cup, played fantastically".