Paul Pogba explains penalty row with Alexis Sanchez against Leicester

Rio Ferdinand has advised Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Leicester City - the visitors to Old Trafford for Friday's Premier League opener - are reported to have rejected an offer in the region of £60million for their England global Harry Maguire, while Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld has also been long touted as a United target.

Harry Maguire, who could face United for Leicester today, Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng and Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur were all linked with United, while Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin emerged as a late target yesterday.

It was the first senior goal for the 23-year-old left-back as he opened his seventh season in the Premier League, and it turned out to be a match-winner as well, after Jamie Vardy headed home a rebound to get a goal back for Leicester in the 92nd minute.

Northern Ireland global Jonny Evans - a former Manchester United player - is unlikely to feature in this one because of injury and it remains to be seen exactly how many World Cup stars either manager selects for tonight's showdown.

Premier League football returns tonight as Manchester United kick-off the 2018/19 campaign by welcoming Leicester City to Old Trafford.

"I think a lot will depend on how his team plays, you know".

That means that United could not realistically replace Pogba due to the transfer window closing in England.

"I can't remember the last time I had a break and a long vacation", he told United Review ahead of Friday evening's clash against Leicester City.

He added: "We play against a team that invest more than us".

"He worked amazingly well Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and he's one of the players that I have to speak to see how physically and mentally he feels".

Although some were surprised to see Pogba in action again so soon after his post-World Cup break, Mourinho insisted it was not a hard decision to play him because Pogba said he was ready.

But Pogba also had his say after the game, writing on Instagram: "I'll always give my best for the fans and my teammates no matter what's going on".

Mourinho has made no secret of his disappointment that he was not able to significantly strengthen his team during the close-season. "I think we are more the head coach than the manager".

However, he can still rely on one of the world's best goalkeepers as David de Gea put his poor World Cup showing behind him with a fine save to prevent Maddison levelling. "I am happy with the performance to make this game in this condition, it's encouraging for the future".

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