Resilient Manchester United off to a flying start
Manchester United kicked off the season with a flying start by knocking down Leicester City two goals to one. Goals by Paul Pogba and a first ever for Luke Shaw saw The Red Devils grab their first three points of the season.
A handball from Daniel Amartey in the fourth minute gave Andre Marriner no choice but to point to the spot after a shot from Alexis Sanchez, with Pogba dispatching the penalty into the top right hand corner. The tempo was set for United’s commencement of their Premier League campaign, as they continued to dominate the first-half at Old Trafford.
The 2016 champions had chances, David De Gea saving a sharp spot from James Maddison, as well as Kelechi Iheanacho going close in the 15th minute, but United preserved their 1-0 lead going into half-time.
In a typical Mourinho performance, United’s second half performance offered attacking promise, yet focused primarily on defending their lead. Romelu Lukaku nearly converted as the game entered its final ten minutes, but was denied from a sharp save from Schmeichel.
Luke Shaw wrapped up all three points with his first ever senior goal. He surged forwards after a through ball from Juan Mata, and after rounding Adrien Silva, he slotted into the bottom right corner for a crucial goal, increasing United’s lead to 2-0.
Jamie Vardy pulled one back for the hosts at the death to make it 2-1, marking a frantic few minutes to end the game, though United pulled through and secured their first win of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.