Puel laments slow start after 'disappointing' loss to Manchester United


Paul Pogba scored the opener, and a late goal from Luke Shaw proved to be the difference as Jamie Vardy's added-time strike cut United's lead in half.

José Mourinho appeared to take aim at Ed Woodward, Manchester United's executive vice-chairman, for not sanctioning all of his transfer targets, with the manager saying maybe his title should be downgraded to "head coach". Yet, despite a career in football management that has largely epitomised the "my way or the highway" school of thought, the Portuguese is convinced the game is - if not quite gone - drastically changing. I have the foundations to do that here with the manager and my teammates at Manchester United.

The 2018-19 Premier League season began on Friday with a single match.

"I don't think Real Madrid would sell". It's over, finished, the market is closed and no more talk about it.

"The team played as a team", Mourinho said. This is nothing to worry too much about at the moment though, as it's only early days in the season and I'm sure that once a few more players come back we'll start to see them click more.

The 23-year-old was able to laugh about his touch in his post-match interview and Shaw revealed that Leicester 'keeper Kasper Schmeichel wouldn't let him forget about his good luck in the build-up.

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Sources have told ESPN FC that Barcelona and Juventus are both interested in signing the midfielder after Mourinho claimed the £89 million man had played well for France during the World Cup because he was fully focused on his football.

A match where I needed six changes not three, [Three] weren't enough for me.

"I have worked really hard over the pre-season and I had a lot of time to reflect, and work on what I needed to".

And Luke Shaw made it 2-0 with an accomplished finish in the 83rd minute.

Nonetheless Mourinho was pleased with his team's display, singling out Pogba and Shaw for particular praise, and the overall spirit.

Andreas Pereira, who spent last season on loan with Valencia in La Liga is set to play a key role in United's first team after an impressive spell in Spain, and he is helping his compatriot get used to life in Manchester.