Mourinho had plenty of praise for Pogba, who is not yet at full fitness following France's World Cup win.
The return of Pogba was closely guarded but an effective means of lifting spirits among fans underwhelmed by the summer's transfer activity.
It wasn't particularly entertaining or engaging, but United got the job done.
"Of course, it will be a hard season for everybody".
Pogba's penalty two minutes was, what I guess you can say, weird? "The decision belonged to him, because Andreas Pereira comes from Valencia bench as a winger to play number six; Fred had 10 days training, Ukrainian league, comes direct to Old Trafford; Ander Herrera injured".
With 271 appearances and a Premier League winners' medal under his belt with Leicester, nobody can question Wes Morgan's commitment to the Foxes' cause.
The midfielders were tenacious and covered much ground. The players gave everything, they gave what they had.
Yet as any Mancunian knows, the weather can change quickly.
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"We played against a team that invest more than us".
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane had reportedly emerged as a £100m target for Manchester United during the summer transfer window. Martial in the last 20 minutes could have given us the second goal but I couldn't make that change.
The Belgian should have doubled the lead with 13 minutes remaining but he took too long after being set up by Sanchez and Schmeichel rushed out to save his effort. Pogba responded with a strong all-round performance, as well as scoring the opening goal after what I have to say was a very unusual run-up for his penalty.
It was his first ever goal in nearly seven years of senior football.
"It's the best feeling I have had in my career". That being said, the majority of pundits thought David de Gea should fill the vacancy, but alas Mourinho favored more of a "position player" in the captain's role.
He added: "The thinking is he is a very good penalty taker and likes the responsibility of it and he is first choice".
Boss Jose Mourinho selected the £89m signing despite his lack of pre-season following an extended post-World Cup rest.
"It was not a good result, but it was a good performance", Puel said.
"I had only two options, Scott [McTominay] or Paul, but if I play Scott I play two two kids and a new player, so I asked Paul and he put himself available for the team and he was very, very good for us".