The French World Cup victor only returned to training on Monday following his exploits with his national side in Russian Federation this summer but has been selected by Jose Mourinho for the first game of the league season.
Leicester pushed for a reply and got one in injury time in rather freaky fashion, with sub Jamie Vardy heading in from point-blank range after Ricardo Perreira's cross had come back off the post.
Jose Mourinho enters his third season in charge of United looking to capture the league title.
"That (World Cup) is in the past, it is part of history".
"I know Pogba handed one to Sanchez last season, but he wasn't giving this one up", Gary Neville said.
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"Pogba was a monster", Mourinho said.
"The thinking was that he is a very good penalty taker and he likes the responsibility of it and he's the first choice", Mourinho said, via the Mirror. We played very well, the performance was OK. Paul, he was fantastic his contribution was unbelievable, but the fuel was disappearing every minute so we were in trouble and I needed [Marouane] Fellaini and [Scott] McTominay to give me that balance in midfield.
"If I played Scott, I would have two kids and a new player [Fred] in midfield".
He added: "I think it's a good move because what we all saw in the summer was Pogba demanding things of players in the France dressing room".
The early confidence soon dissipated, however, and Leicester was unlucky to go in at half-time trailing, with impressive debutant James Maddison drawing a marvellous save from David de Gea in the 29th minute.
Of Pogba's penalty, which came after just 75 seconds, he said: "A very good penalty taker".