August 10, 2018 / 9:02 PM / 10 days ago

Soccer-Pogba penalty sets United on way to win over Leicester

* Premier League season kicks off with Manchester United beating Leicester City 2-1

* Paul Pogba named United captain

* Frenchman opens scoring with 3rd minute penalty

* Leicester enjoyed better of large stretches of game

* Luke Shaw made it 2-0 with smart finish in the 83rd minute

* Jamie Vardy struck in stoppage time for Leicester

* United are at Brighton next on Aug. 19, Leicester host Wolves on Aug. 18

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 LEICESTER CITY 1

Aug 10 (Reuters) - World Cup winner Paul Pogba’s third minute penalty and a late goal from Luke Shaw gave Manchester United a 2-1 win over Leicester City at Old Trafford in the opening game of the Premier League season on Friday.

Pogba, fresh from his triumph in Russia with France but also the subject of recent transfer speculation, was named captain by manager Jose Mourinho and took responsibility for the penalty after a handball by Daniel Amartey, slowly shuffling up before beating Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester responded well though with new signing James Maddison forcing a fine save out of United keeper David De Gea as the visitors gave Mourinho’s side plenty to think about.

But seven minutes from the end full-back Shaw scored his first goal in professional football, firing home after a exchange with Juan Mata.

Jamie Vardy pulled a goal back for Leicester in stoppage time to give them some reward for a good performance against last season’s runners-up. (Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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