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Paul Pogba emulates Simone Zaza’s famous penalty… except he actually scores

It didn’t take long for Jose Mourinho to get over his foul pre-season mood.

Man United were awarded a penalty against Leicester in the just the second minute at Old Trafford in the Premier League’s curtain-raiser.

And the hosts got their campaign off to the perfect start through captain on the night, Paul Pogba.

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The World Cup winner calmly placed his spot-kick into the top right-hand corner after a run-up reminiscent of Simone Zaza’s infamous Euro 2016 howler.

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All fans remember the Italian’s unintentionally hilarious penalty against Germany in two years ago; a prancing, tension-building approach before a wild slash that propelled the ball way over the bar.

Pogba mimicked the run-up, with a full seven seconds passing between him setting off and the strike…

Little steps… Nerves in the stands… Kasper Schmeichel remains unmoved Finally, Pogba accelerates into the ball

However, unlike Zaza, he managed to find the top corner with a confident finish.

1-0!

That’s how it’s done, Simone.

WATCH: Paul Pogba scores the opening goal of the 2018-19 Premier League season from the penalty spot!

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United fans were thrilled with Mourinho’s decision to name Pogba as captain in Antonio Valencia’s absence.

Paul Pogba – Manchester United captain, World Cup winner and hater shutter-upper….#MUNLEI

— SCHOLES (@iamscholes) August 10, 2018

Pogba is our Captain!!! Great move by Jose!!!#MUFC

— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) August 10, 2018

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— United Religion (@Unitedology) August 10, 2018

POGBA IS CAPTAIN 😍

— Jaanki Padania (@jaanki_MUFC) August 10, 2018

Just what the doctored order after those Barcelona rumours, eh?

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