The Manchester United defender has always been the subject of criticism, particularly over his weight and body shape.
The Frenchman, who's future has been cast into major doubt of late, was named amongst for the game at Old Trafford, but was not one of the three subs to enter the fray; Romelu Lukaku replaced Marcus Rashford up top in the 67th minute before Scott McTominay and Fellaini came on to provide solidity in the middle late on the game.
After sealing deals for Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant by early July, last season's Premier League runners-up were unable to add further despite the Portuguese's explicit desire to bring in two more players.
"It will be a hard season for everybody, not just for us".
Jose is the type of manager who gives someone the captaincy for the right reasons and I think he made a decision to give Pogba some responsibility for managing the game and the players around him, which was a very clever move. Football managers should be called now more head coaches.
"When you are nine days without one minute of training or football, you go back and start with the other people". Leicester were strong in periods but we coped with that as a team.
Mourinho believes United should be content with a win over a side who spent more money than them in the close season. It was a good match with three good teams, in my opinion.
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Wearing the captain's armband, Pogba got the scoring started with a third-minute penalty and generally impressed in the centre of the pitch, but it was his ability to keep going for 80 minutes despite a lack of a pre-season that Mourinho focused on in his post-match news conference.
If he remains at Old Trafford beyond the 31 August European transfer deadline how do the club, and Mourinho, manage the World Cup-winning star?
"Pogba was a monster", Mourinho said.
"Paul was fantastic, his contribution was incredible but the fuel was disappearing". We need to continue and build some good momentum.
Mourinho also confirmed Pogba had his blessing to take the penalty after what appeared to be a disagreement with Alexis Sanchez.
"But every time he played, he did a great job and showed something great".
"First touch? Deliberate! - Schmeichel came up to me afterwards and said "you spawny man"!"