Jose Mourinho has hailed Paul Pogba as a beast, after he held on for as long as he did, despite coming into the squad just four days after returning from rest.
The France midfielder was allowed extra rest and missed the preseason, but was given first team football in the League opened against Leicester.
Pogba opened the scoring with a third minute penalty, but it was playing for 80 minutes Mourinho hailed.
“Of course the boys with the proper pre-seasons, they were in much better condition,” Mourinho said.
“[Luke] Shaw, Andreas Pereira, [Eric] Bailly, [Matteo] Darmian, they were comfortable to play 90 mins. The others were fantastic.
“[Marcus] Rashford was in trouble, but he played. Pogba was a monster. We thought [he could play a] maximum 60 minutes, but he managed 80.
“Then Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini were available to try to help the team. I was fantastic spirit, and there were periods of very good football.
“In the periods Leicester were stronger we played as a team and coped well.”