Here's Everything You Need To Know About United's First Home Game Of The Premier League Season

The return of Pogba

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United fans haven't been this buzzing for a long time. Who's first up at Old Trafford?

Yeah, the atmosphere around the club is as positive as it's been in the last three years. 

Principally, the arrivals of José Mourinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba have given fans that familiar sense that anything is possible. 

Their first home game is against Southampton this Friday night with Pogba set to play his first United game since he left for Juventus in 2012. 

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Bloody brilliant. Check the schedule again though, mate. The Premier League don't do games on Fridays. 

Au contraire, my unenlightened friend. This season will be the first to feature regular games on Friday nights with Sky set to screen 10 live games on everyone's favourite weekday. That cleared everything up?

Alright, alright, keep your hair on. So it's available to watch on Sky then. 

Yep. Sky Sports 1 with an eight o'clock kick-off. 

What kind of a test should Southampton provide us?

It's hard to say at this stage. They've steadily improved every year since returning to the Premier League at the beginning of the 2012/2013 season. Since then, they've finished 14th, 8th, 7th and 6th. 

Ronald Koeman came in as manager in the summer of 2014, keeping up the stellar work put in place by predecessor Mauricio Pochettino. 

The Dutchman left for Everton this summer however, much to the chagrin of a large portion of The Saints' fanbase. 

 

I sense some disarray. Who's the new boss and what players have they brought in? 

Incoming manager Claude Puel has previously led Monaco to the French League title in 2000 as well as taking Lyon to their first ever Champions League semi-final in 2010. 

It hasn't been the best transfer window for them, losing influential players in the form of Victor Wanyama, Sadio Mané and Graziano Pelle. 

However, new signing Nathan Redmond produced a debut goal as they drew 1-1 with Watford while exciting young midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg was signed from Bayern Munich and French right-back Jérémy Pied arrived from Nice to link up with Puel for the third time in his career.  

Pssst... I hear we might get a look at United's next signing at this game...

Quite possibly. Saints centre-back José Fonte has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford. 

He should play alongside Virgil Van Dijk and Maya Yoshida, with whom he formed a solid central defensive trio last season.

We should have enough to beat this lot at home, right? 

Not necessarily. United have lost 1-0 on both of Southampton's last two trips to Old Trafford.

However, Mourinho has only lost five home matches in the Premier League out of 106 which is a pretty impressive record. 

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Unbelievable, Jeff. Aside form the expected inclusion of Pogba, any other team news?

My name's not Jeff. At Thursday's press conference, Mourinho said that Chris Smalling is fit after missing the first two games of the season through suspension. So it looks like another full squad to choose from. 

My money's on United. See ya, pal. 

That's a good shout. Good luck. 

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James Fenton

Resident football writer, covering City, United and the rest of what the beautiful game brings to our city. I also moonlight in news, current affairs and emmm... burger reviews.

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