With so many stars at Jose Mourinho’s disposal, Southampton manager Claude Puel has questioned how his Manchester United counterpart will keep his players happy at Old Trafford.
Paul Pogba – the world’s most expensive player – is set to make his long-awaited return for United in Friday’s Premier League clash against Southampton after arriving from Italian champions Juventus.
Pogba will bolster a midfield already including Juan Mata, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial are all in the starting XI.
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And as Southampton prepare to face United at Old Trafford, Puel insists Mourinho will have his hands full.
“Pogba has qualities and is a different player who can make a difference in an offensive game and also defensive,” Puel said.
“He is always dangerous on the run, but I don’t know how his manager can make all these great players work together.
“It is difficult to remain a collective and to have two or three players for every position on the pitch. I’m sure they can be one of the favourites to win the championship. But I hope we can slow them down and take one or all three points from Manchester United.
“The most important thing for us is not to consider them as a great team with great players but to consider them as opponents with good opportunities to make a good game and to make a good result.”
Southampton were held to a 1-1 draw by Watford in their opening fixture, while United accounted for Bournemouth 3-1.