Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Manchester United need a striker not a centre-half, says Paul Ince

Manchester United need a striker not a centre-half, says Paul Ince

Initially all looked rosy at Old Trafford, as United's encouraging start saw them go ahead through captain Pogba, but thereafter Leicester were the controlling force in the first period.

"We have only seen him when he has appeared in front of the TV cameras this summer and heard what he has told the media, and I suspect he will behave very differently on the training ground with his players".

The offer of signing Jerome Boateng, the 29-year-old Bayern Munich defender, was the easiest to reject.

What this means for Manchester United and PogbaPaul Pogba of Manchester United on 19 August 2017.

France global Pogba played, and scored, in the World Cup final just 26 days ago but with options thin on the ground he barely hesitated when invited to take to the field against the Foxes.

Internally, the greatest frustration for Mourinho has been waiting for the return of those players who had the longest World Cup campaigns.

United have made two summer signings to date, with Fred joining from Shakhtar Donetsk and Diogo Dalot from Porto.

"But, of course, we need words with that small group to feel if they can give us a hand because it's an important match tomorrow".

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Midfielder Fred arrived for big money but he was the only major new signing as Mourinho's appeals for fresh defensive blood went unheeded.

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

"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".

Paul Pogba, Ashley Young, Fellaini and Jesse Lingard may yet be involved against Leicester tonight.

It was Shaw, who just like Pogba has endured some tough times under Mourinho, who was the unlikely late hero for United.

Indeed Mourinho's side has struggled to match their spending sprees from the last couple of seasons.

"When you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it's a lie, repeated 1,000 times is still a lie".

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