MANCHESTER, Sporting Alert – After sitting out Manchester United’s English Premier League opener at Bournemouth on Sunday, Paul Pogba is set to make his second debut for the Red Devils when they host Southampton at Old Trafford on Friday.
Pogba, who left the club in 2012, rejoined the Premier League powerhouses earlier this month, but was held out of the competition last week because of a suspension he picked up in Italy during his final game with Juventus.
However, the midfielder, who cost Manchester United a world record fee is ready to feature for Jose Mourinho’s side against the Saints.
Mourinho revealed that Pogba is ready to play, but added that he might need some time to work on his fitness and adjustments to playing competitive football again.
“He’s ready to play,” said the United boss. “We played against Leicester with players with less training than him and we look at that match as a way to improve them, to accelerate that process.
“With Paul, it’s a bit of the same – not one single minute of any pre-season match or friendly but almost two weeks of work with us.
“Sometimes with the group, sometimes separately, and the condition is okay to play some minutes and to accelerate the process.”
It’s not clear as to whether the Frenchman will start on his return to Old Trafford, but one thing is for certain, he won’t play for 90-minutes.
“Paul has been training for more than a week, around 10, 11 days, adaptation is really easy because he is a boy from here, he knows the club, he knows everybody. There’s no need for time to adapt,” said Mourinho.
“He needs time to build his condition and his understanding in the way the team tries to play.
“Yes, he’s ready to play. Ninety minutes? I don’t believe. Super performance?
“I don’t believe. But in condition to accelerate his process of integration in the team, that’s for sure.”