Paul Pogba: 'Date Set' For Manchester United Record Transfer's Debut

Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba.
Paul Pogba of Manchester United and France at Stade de France, Paris, July 10. Pogba could make his Manchester United debut against Southampton on Friday. Clive Rose/Getty

Paul Pogba has endured a frustrating wait since his world record transfer from Juventus to Manchester United.

The 23-year-old signed for £89 million ($115.5 million) at the start of August but was unable to play in United's first English Premier League game of the season against Bournemouth on Sunday.

But Pogba could soon make his official bow for the club, with The Mirror reporting that he will start in Jose Mourinho's midfield against Southampton at Old Trafford on Friday.

Pogba, who played for United up until moving to Italy in 2012, may require some time to get up to speed, with the nature of his protracted transfer meaning he has not had a full pre-season since featuring for France at Euro 2016.

He is understood to have begun training on Tuesday with the first-team squad, with an eye on Friday's game, only the second ever Premier League fixture in history scheduled for a Friday evening.

Mourinho's midfield, including Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, two players who may be jettisoned, was excellent against Bournemouth. But someone will have to make way for Pogba. After a whole summer of build-up, United fans will soon finally have a chance to acclaim the return of one of the world's great footballers.