Manchester United 2-1 Leicester

Manchester United kicked off the 2018-19 Premier League season with a 2-1 victory over Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday night.

Paul Pogba scored the first goal of the season from the penalty spot inside three minutes after Daniel Amartey handled Alexis Sanchez’s blocked shot.

Leicester had more of the possession but very rarely tested David de Gea in the United goal.  Though both debutant James Maddison and Demarai Gray did force decent saves out of the Spaniard.

Jose Mourinho had Matteo Darmian playing at right-back due to injuries to both Antonio Valencia and Diogo Dalot, whilst it was Victor Lindelof whom partnered Eric Bailly in the middle of his back four, despite Chris Smalling not participating in the 2018 World Cup, and being among the substitutes.

It was left-back Luke Shaw who doubled the home side’s lead on 83 minutes with a fine volley after his first touch took him in beyond Amartey.  It was the 23-year-old’s first professional goal in what was his 134th appearance – 67 for both Southampton and Manchester United in all competitions.

Leicester made the ending a little nervous for United fans when Ricardo Pereira’s cross came back off the post and was bundled in by Jamie Vardy from on the goalline in stoppage time.  However, de Gea’s goal would not be tested again as United held on for three points.