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Man Utd: Jose Mourinho finally finds harmony – Dublin

Man Utd: Jose Mourinho finally finds harmony – Dublin

They may not have turned on the world, but Manchester United's 2-1 victory against Leicester on Friday night was still a significant result and a performance. It was a difficult summer for United Jose Mourinho's boss. and I said last week that it seemed necessary to find some harmony within the club. He got it from his team's display at Old Trafford, from the way they started so well to how they saw the game at the end. It was not perfect in any way, but who cares? They were not playing their strongest team, and it's just at the start of the season. It was certainly a good night for United, who collected three points against tough opponents – and there's a lot more to get from them.
Mourinho was full of praise for his players. "This is Old Trafford, and we are United – that's how we play," said Mourinho after the game that his team showed glimpses of what they are capable of, and certainly made an impressive start. Yes, they went ahead in the first three minutes thanks to the rigor of Paul Pogba, but what was important was the way they went right after Leicester. The United States was exceptional in the early stages and I think the Foxes were shocked by the way it came out of the blocks and took control of the game. It was as if they were saying "look, this is Old Trafford, and we're United – that's how we play". It was a fantastic atmosphere in the ground because the United States played the kind of football their fans wanted to see and show them something they had not seen in a long time, which was a bit of a spark . Their first thought when they got the ball was always to make it advance and they were trying to pick up their big players on the field, which is the United way. It was very exciting to watch for the first 20 or 25 minutes but, when they took their foot off the gas, Leicester immediately returned to the game. Pogba responds to the responsibility that has been given to him
Pogba had two shaved stars on the scalp to celebrate the second World Cup victory in France. The games were a lot more different for the rest of the game, but I also think that Mourinho will be happy with the way his team handled the game when Leicester posed a threat. I know they had a mistake right at the end when Jamie Vardy pulled back a goal for the foxes but, otherwise, they had the kind of concentration they needed. This was due to the organization and discipline of senior players Mourinho could call, and how hard they worked together as units when they did not have the ball. He said that he had made his skipper in Pogba in the absence of the injured Antonio Valencia, after all the hypothesis that the French midfielder is unhappy and wants to leave. Mourinho understood correctly. Pogba responded with an all-round performance, in addition to scoring the initial goal after what I had to say was a very strange run-up for his penalty.Jose is the type of manager who gives someone the captain for the right reasons and I think he decided to give Pogba some responsibility for managing the game and the players around him, which was a very smart move. "Shehaw is the club's best left-back"
Shaw's performance is very complete & # 39; – MourinhoPogba was not the only United player to impress me. Juan Mata was good at picking the right pass and Andreas Pereira was also very consistent. In his US debut, Fred did well at what I would call the bad work, which was winning the ball and was not trying to be too smart when he had thought that the work of Alexis Sanchez without the ball was superb. There are some attacking players who may not even be in the team if they are not scoring or creating, but Sanchez does all of this and works hard and breaks the opposition when United does not have possession.Sanchez ticks all the boxes that you want from your striker, so it's very hard to leave him out. And I was happy for Luke Shaw to get his first goal in senior football. Shaw's critic in the past but was full of praise for him later, and rightly so. Luca made a mistake – towards the end of the game when he was captured in his own area by Vardy – but he will not need to be informed about it. He's the best left-back of the c lub when he's in shape and he's flying so I'm glad he has achieved his goal, because he should take a little pressure off him. Lindelof and Bailly – together with the shoulders? Mourinho did not get the new center-half he wanted to transfer window and, from the comments he made after the game of Leicester to be a coach instead of a manager, he is still not happy. But considering Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly had played so little together in their time at the United – only 99 minutes in total before the game on Friday – they looked solid and strong enough in the back. He may be a bit rash and maybe he needs a voice in his ear as he is about to dive into a tackle to say "get up, get up" but if he has done well against Leicester and is clearly a good defender. As I was saying on BBC Radio 5 live on Friday, the United have a very strong team. If you have round pegs in the round holes, and everyone is doing the right job at the same time, then you will do well. The best news for Mourinho is that it looks like there will be some battles going on for places in his first XI in the coming weeks, across the field. And I do not think there were any negatives for him on Friday, Yes, Marcus Rashford missed a couple of half-chances, but there was nothing clear-cut, while Romelu Lukaku was supposed to score when he was clean, but Kasper Schmeichel made a great shot. It's not surprising, because I know from experience that everyone is a bit rusty for the first game. United still got the victory despite being only 70%, and the next time all those involved will be more fit. I can not wait to see how their season goes from here. Dublin has spoken to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

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