Pogba feels like United leader regardless of captaincy

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Manchester United's transfer woes in pre-season has left Jose Mourinho feeling more like a head coach than a manager as his targets were reportedly vetoed.

Paul Pogba has set Manchester United fans thinking after a cryptic tweet today.

After France's victory, former United defender Rio Ferdinand said it was "down to Jose [Mourinho] to unlock this Pogba we saw at the World Cup because he was responsible, he stood up to a lot of hard tests in midfield, and was a talisman for this team".

In an apparent attempt to thaw tensions, Mourinho named the World Cup-winning midfielder as captain for Friday evening's 2-1 win over Leicester City, four days after his return to training.

In comments widely regarded as reflecting continuing problems with his relationship with the United boss, he wrote: "I'll always give my best for the fans and my team mates, no matter what's going on".

Yet after Mourinho was denied the signing of an elite centre-back in the summer window he voiced his frustrations by hinting United's board, led by Woodward, are acting as de facto football experts by having the final say over him regarding recruitment.

"There are things and there are things that I can not say otherwise I will get fined", Pogba told the British press after the Leicester match in a rare occasion he has stopped to speak with them.

'So obviously it's easier to go and speak and express yourself, and we went for an objective and the big one was to win'.

A 2-1 victory on Friday night, built around a stirring performance and an early penalty from World Cup victor Pogba as well as Luke Shaw's first career goal, might have been cause for good cheer but Mourinho chose the occasion to revisit his concerns over the club's recent business.

Nonetheless Mourinho was pleased with his team's display, singling out Pogba and Shaw for particular praise, and the overall spirit. "Maybe on the next game I leave it to Alexis", said Pogba.

However, Fred, will not be the only Brazilian in United's first team this campaign.

"I always love the club", he said.

This put them in a comfortable position throughout the rest of the match, and even more so when Luke Shaw tapped home in an unorthodox manner in the second half. "They're all here, they help me, my teammates, obviously it makes me want to give them love and give them good performances on the pitch".

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