Ratings: Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba in contention for Man of the Match in Leicester victory


Manchester United beat Leicester City 2-1 in the opening Premier League match at Old Trafford. Paul Pogba captained United, scored the opening goal in the third minute from the penalty spot after Daniel Amartey used his arm to control the ball. Luke Shaw scored his first United goal in the 83rd minute. Jamie Vardy scored a late consolation.

It was a good performance from United in their opening game, despite the late goal conceded in stoppage time. Paul Pogba was back for United, leading the team out, which could see him become the club’s captain this season. Luke Shaw scored his first goal for the club, four years after arriving, which will be a big confidence booster for him.

Jose Mourinho also praised Andreas Pereira, who spent much of last season on the bench at Valencia and most of the time, when he played, he was a right-winger. To come back to United and play in the number six position, in the centre of a three-man midfield, the Portuguese manager said it was a phenomenal performance.

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There seemed to be a lot of doom and gloom over the last 30 hours of so after United did not sign any new players on deadline day. The hints were there from Mourinho that nothing would happen but those fans on social media will believe the ITKs, without knowing much about them or what their end game is. This summer saw many rumours, which were probably started on Twitter, which came to nothing.

United took all three points from their first game of the season. It was not the best performance but it was better than it could have been with no World Cup players involved, other than those who came back early. The return or Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini will be a big boost as United now turn their attentions to Brighton and Hove Albion a week on Sunday, giving Mourinho’s side eight days to prepare.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Made a great save to deny Leicester in the first half of the game. Seldom had anything to do, which is normal for the Spanish number one against lower end opposition at Old Trafford.


Matteo Darmian

The Italian is United's weakest link in the defence. This summer could see him leave the club with the European window open until the end of the month. Darmian was easily beaten at times on the right


2 Victor Lindelof

The Swedish international had a good game for United against Leicester, which will no doubt be boosted by a confident display in the World Cup this summer. Three points in the bag for United. Shame a clean sheet could not be had too.


3 Eric Bailly

The better of the two defenders for me. bailly was resurgent at times, especially when winning a last-ditch tackle late in the game. No doubt Mourinho will be impressed. Perhaps Bailly and Lindelof will be the centra-back partnership this season.


23 Luke Shaw

The English left-back has earned the trust of Mourinho based on his performances in pre-season. He did well against Leicester, driving forward at times as he tried to create for his side. Scored his first United goal, securing the win for United on the opening day of the season. Confident display, never gave up. I'm impressed with Shaw tonight. Was named Man of the Match by Sky Sports.


15 Andreas Pereira

Had a good game and put in a performance worthy of a United player. His long passes were top notch. The fact he's ready to play now will boost Mourinho, especially with the fact the midfield lacked creativity last season, which season it might not be a problem. Received praise from Mourinho after the game, which was strange as they say Mourinho does not praise his players.


17 Fred

Had a good debut. Still finding his feet at the club, which will come in the coming weeks. Got stuck into the game and will become a top player in midfield during the course of the season. Gave away possession at times, but that was to be expected.


6 Paul Pogba

Captained United for the first game of the season. Started in fine fettle with United winning a penalty with the World Cup winner calmly slotting past Schmeichel. Was one of the standout performers in the match after only returning to training on Monday.


8 Juan Mata

The Spanish midfielder did what he needed to do in the game. His passing was sloppy at times, as was Leicester's and some of his teammates. Got the assist for Shaw's first goal for United. Will be happy with tonights victory, ceasing the doom and gloom for a while, at least.


10 Marcus Rashford

Rashford had a good game for United, although his end product was lacking. However, it was his second appearance this summer so I am sure he will get better for the coming matches. He was replaced by Lukaku in the 66th minute.


Alexis Sanchez

Did not have the best of games, based on his passing. He was lively though and well up for the challenge that Leicester brought to the Theatre of Dreams.



Romelu Lukaku

Replaced Rashford 66'. Had the chance to score for United, but Schmeichel saved it with his leg, sending the ball up and over the crossbar. Looked refreshed and will no doubt be a starter in the next match and beyond.


39 Scott McTominay

Replaced Fred 77'. Got involved in the game and did what he was told to do with United taking all three points on the opening day of the season.


27 Marouane Fellaini

Replaced Pogba 84'. Came on with six minutes to play, with four added on. Got stuck in and did what was asked of him. United welcomed pressure late in the game, which caused them to concede a late goal.


Goals: Paul Pogba 3′, Luke Shaw 83′

Assists: Juan Mata 83′

Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw; Pereira, Fred (McTominay 77′), Pogba (Fellaini 84′); Mata, Rashford (Lukaku 66′), Sanchez

Substitutes Not Used: Grant; Smalling, Young; Martial

Bookings: Fred 55′, Andreas Pereira 69′

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