Jose Mourinho has indicated Paul Pogba will make his second Manchester United debut when Southampton visit Old Trafford this evening.
A suspension incurred at the end of his Juventus career meant the world’s most expensive player was ineligible for selection in the Red Devils’ 3-1 opening-day win at Bournemouth, but he’s likely to be unleashed against the Saints.
It’s a fixture in which United have struggled over the last few seasons – Saints haven’t lost in three visits to the Theatre of Dreams, winning on their last two trips – but if Pogba plays, their sour streak against this foe will end.
Or at least that’s according to a theme recurring across the Frenchman’s debuts.
United are 11/20 favourites to prevail in Mourinho’s first match in charge at Old Trafford, while it’s 6/1 about an away win and 31/10 says the game will end honours even.
But all of these match-betting wagers are worth swerving in favour of a punt on either team to win by two goals.
The 23-year-old has made three senior debuts in his career so far; one for United, one for Juventus and one for France.
Each of these ended with him on the winning side and at least two goals dividing the protagonists.
The League Cup was the first competition Pogba graced in United’s first-team, coming off the bench at half time in their 3-0 win over arch rivals Leeds United in 2011/12.
A lack of opportunities after this introduction prompted the Frenchman to leave for Juventus in the summer of 2012, where he only had to sit out five games before making his first start.
It came in the Old Lady’s 2-0 canter at home to Chievo and by the turn of the year he was an established starter in the first-team fold.
International recognition soon followed, with Didier Deschamps handing him his first France cap in a 3-1 win over Georgia at the Saint-Denis.
Two of his debuts saw his side score three goals, while both contested on home turf were settled by two strikes. With this in mind, a second successive 3-1 win for the Red Devils can’t be a bad bet at 23/2.