We planned to go to Old Trafford early yesterday to try to get Pogba's autograph before the players went off to their hotel, but had a delay with the vehicle hire at Manchester Airport and missed the team. 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.
Pogba was pushed on his response and said that "if you're not happy, you can not give your best" when asked about what represents happiness and comfort for him.
Asked if he was happy and comfortable, Pogba replied: 'There are things I can not say, otherwise I will get fined'.
It was a striking comment from the midfielder in what has been one of few occasions that he has stopped to speak to the written media after a United match.
"Having the armband it's not like, 'Oh, I will show that I am a real captain and have to do extra work, '" he said.More news: Koepka takes 2-shot lead at PGA Championship
"So was hard for everybody but the players gave absolutely everything, the match was good, the referee was, as always, very good and Leicester very good, too".
He said: "I always give my best for the fans, for the teammates and for the people that trust me".
"We thought maximum 60 minutes but he managed (more than) 80".
That's not surprising, because I know from experience that everyone is a bit rusty for the first game back.
"Maybe with Pogba coming back so late and not even being included in the team until a couple of days ago it hadn't quite been worked out."The Portuguese manager was pointedly critical of his star player following the World Cup, essentially challenging him to replicate his World Cup form at the club level. More news: Team gives medication to sick killer whale at sea
"It's a different team, obviously".
"I had only two options: Scott [McTominay] or Paul, but if I play Scott I play 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".
He was, however, happy to describe why it clicked with France at the World Cup under Didier Deschamps, where Pogba was filmed in the dressing room rallying his team-mates. "We have to wait until the end of November to understand if we can fight for the title". It's going to be easier and it makes the team go higher.
"I want to see the spark in his eyes again", Redknapp told the Sky Sports Transfer Talk podcast. I always love the club.More news: Frank Lampard reveals why Leeds United beat Derby in Championship demolition job