Paul Pogba scores as Manchester United beat Leicester

Paul Pogba scores as Manchester United beat Leicester

- Manchester United recorded a 2-1 win over Leicester City in the first game of the season

- Pogba scored the first goal in the tie

- Pogba captain Manchester United on the night

Manchester United defeated Leicester 2-1 in the first game of the Premier League season on Friday night.

United had a frustrating summer, unable to sign any centre-backs and with Jose Mourinho looking increasingly irritated.

But that did not hinder them too much at Old Trafford as they made a flying start on Friday night, winning a penalty in the second minute when Daniel Amartey handled Alexis Sanchez's deflected shot.

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France midfielder Pogba stepped up and after a slow run-up placed the ball in the top-right corner above Kasper Schmeichel. The World Cup winner had not even expected to start, having only returned to training on Monday.

Left-back Luke Shaw then scored the first senior goal of his career after controlling Juan Mata's aerial pass to double their lead.

Substitute Jamie Vardy scored a late consolation after Ricardo Perreira's cross had hit a post, and Foxes goalkeeper Schmeichel came forward for an injury time corner but his header went wide.

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The Foxes had edged the first half following their early setback with debutants James Maddison and Ricardo both forcing saves from David de Gea.

The second period was a slightly tamer affair before the late goals, although United substitute Romelu Lukaku was denied a goal by a good Schmeichel save.

It is the third year in a row Leicester have conceded the opening goal of the season - having lost to Hull and Arsenal in the first games of the previous two campaigns.

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