Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Paul Merson defends Jose Mourinho about Man United transfers

Paul Merson defends Jose Mourinho about Man United transfers

The midfielder returned on Monday and, although he has not featured in any pre-season friendlies, he was thrust straight back into the action four days later as the Premier League got under way once again at Old Trafford, United winning 2-1 on Friday.

"I think football is changing and probably football managers should be called head coaches".

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".

But Shaw proved with his performance against the Foxes that fitness is no issue as he looks to get back on track following a hard few seasons on the periphery of United's team and out of the England national team picture.

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"We don't have many solutions and we want to go with everything we have". They [Leicester] spent more money than us, so in the Premier League we must get used to teams with players of the same quality that we have.

"They've not done anything", Merson told Sky Sports. "Forget the name, the history, the shirt, every match is hard". Martial in the last 20 minutes could have given us the second goal but I couldn't make that change. 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. We thought [he could play a] maximum 60 minutes, but he managed 80.

Pogba has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this week after stories emerged that the Frenchman has grown unsettled by some of Mourinho's comments during the summer.

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Mina and Gomes join former team-mate Lucas Digne at Goodison, following his move £20m move from Barcelona earlier in the window. Gomes joined Barcelona from Valencia in 2016 for (£31.46) €35m but has struggled to nail down a starting place at the Nou Camp.

Shaw's first touch from a Sanchez cross took a fortuitous bounce around Leicester's Ricardo Pereira, and the former Southampton defender pounced and fired a shot past Kasper Schmeichel to score.

Mourinho was particularly annoyed to miss out on a series of centre-back targets, including Leicester's Harry Maguire who shone for England in Russian Federation.

"Pogba was a monster", said Mourinho. [Shaw's] game was very complete, even if I forget the goal, of course an important goal for us, but the performance was very complete.

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