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- May 8, 2011
Friday, 19th August 2016
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has delivered an update on the latest team news ahead of Friday's Premier League visit of Southampton.
Paul Pogba, the Reds' newest recruit, is ready to play against the Saints with the boss telling MUTV the midfielder is in good enough condition to play "some minutes" and make his second debut for the club almost four and a half years since his first.
"He’s ready to play," declared the 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."
Centre-back Chris Smalling, like the Frenchman, is also now free from suspension and available.
I think he'll get maybe 20 minutes at the end? Either to tighten it up or to really go out there and get at Southampton or just to give him a run out. There's no way I see him not coming on in some form at some point.So do we reckon Pogba will start? I for one thinks he'll get a sub appearance. However, I would love him to start but as of now I think we will be unchanged from the Bournemouth game. Although I wouldn't be surprised if Mkhitryan comes in for Mata.