Old Trafford will witness two historic moments on Friday night when Manchester United clash with Southampton in the Match Day two of the English premier league.
First, will be the appearance of the world’s most expensive footballer Paul Pogba who completed a record £89.4m transfer to the Red Devils from Juventus just four years after leaving for less than £1m.
Secondly, the premier league has officially adopted fixtures for Friday nights which will help boost the popularity of already the most followed league in the world and also help clubs competing in Europe find more time to prepare for their games.
Manchester United opened their premier league account with a comprehensive 3-1 win against Bournemouth away while Southampton drew at home to Odion Ighalo’s Watford and will love to pick their first victory at Old Trafford in what will be Jose Mourinho’s first home game as Red Devils manager.
However, one player the Old Trafford fans will love to see is Paul Pogba after he missed the opening match against Bournemouth due to suspension and the manager has promised he will play some part in the game tomorrow night.
“We played against Leicester with players with less training than him and we saw that match as a way to improve them and accelerate the process,” Mourinho told MUTV.
“With Paul it’s a bit the same – not one single minute of any pre-season match but almost two weeks of work with us, sometimes with the group, sometimes separately, and the condition is okay to play some minutes.”
In his first spell for Manchester United, Pogba made three premier league appearances and in those games, the Red Devils scored nine goals without conceding any.
Interestingly, the Saints are unbeaten in their last three visits to Old Trafford but Manchester United have won 61 and drawn 29 while Southampton won 28 of the previous 118 matches in all competitions.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic delivered on his premier league debut for Manchester United with a powerful 30yards goal and he is already a fan favourite on his way to becoming the self-acclaimed god at Old Trafford.
Portugal international Fonte has consistently been linked with a move to Manchester United but will have to buckle down and face the Red Devils onslaught at Old Trafford. He is a vocal leader at the back and Southampton will rely on their captain to put in a solid performance in their first away game of the season.
Manchester United probable XI: De Gea; Valencia, Blind, Bailly, Shaw; Fellaini, Herrerra; Martial, Rooney, Mkhitaryan; Ibrahimovic.
Southampton probable XI: Forster; Cedric, Fonte, Van Dijk, Targett; Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Davis; Tadic, Redmond, Long
Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Southampton