Jose Mourinho provides update on fitness of Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard

Jose Mourinho provides update on fitness of Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard

The World Cup victor impressed in last Friday's Premier League opener against Leicester, opening the scoring in a 2-1 win in which he captained the team.

"He's working extremely well here but I have to say in his defence, write what you want about him, write what you want about me but please don't say lies".

Mourinho claimed that he "couldn't be happier" with Pogba despite reports of a bust-up between the pair at United's training ground earlier this week.

The former Juventus player said afterwards: "If you're not happy, you can not give your best".

"If Jose does try to take on too many players at United, I would not be surprised if the same thing happens again".

However, Mourinho poured cold water on rumours saying he has never been involved in a fight with Pogba. All eyes were on today's press conference ahead of the Brighton clash this Sunday, where Mourinho was expected to give his view on the reports. Unsurprisingly though, this time the question on everyone's lips was whether or not the relationship was healthy.

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"The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks and I've never been as happy with him as I am now, that's the truth", added Mourinho. He came here on a Monday, he trained three days, I asked for his support, contribution in a match where we had difficulties.

Manchester United need Paul Pogba at his very best, says Darren Bent. Something which the Portuguese-man expects from every member of the first team squad.

"When he says he did it for the fans and for the team it's exactly what I want".

But the Red Devils were forced to watch rivals Manchester City steal the spotlight last season and run away with the Premier League title by 19 points.

The short answer, yes. It has led to speculation the pair's relationship has broken down but speaking at a news conference at the club's Carrington training ground on Friday, Mourinho sought to build up the France worldwide, confirming he will captain the side against Brighton on Sunday in the absence of full-time skipper Antonio Valencia. However, he will not keep the armband on a permanent basis. Ed Woodward, the executive vice president at the club, has confirmed that Pogba is one of the most important players, both on the sporting side as well as commercially. This year the Ecuadorian has been given the honour permanently. For this reason, United won't even consider selling him.

'I don't think he will go, ' said Mourinho.

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