Rio Ferdinand names the five reasons he's excited to see Paul Pogba play

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In 24 hours time, Paul Pogba will be playing his first match since becoming the world’s most expensive footballer.

Of course, it won’t technically be his Manchester United debut after the Frenchman has already made seven appearances for the Red Devils.

After leaving the club four years ago at the end of his contract, the midfielder has become of the best young midfielders in world football. Four seasons of dazzling performances for Juventus has seen him lift four Serie A titles and command such a massive fee.


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However, despite him being at their club previous, some United fans may not know exactly what to expect from their £89 million signing. After all, he was just a teenager when he was at Old Trafford previously.

With his debut likely to arrive against Southampton on Friday evening, why should United supporters be excited about seeing Pogba play?

Well, former club defender Rio Ferdinand has named five things he is really looking forward to seeing from the 23-year-old.

Dominating midfield

“I'm looking forward to him coming in there and dominating the midfield. Demanding the ball off everyone and being that guy they play the ball to.”

Explosive moments

“Goals, great passes - that’s what he’s been doing in a Juventus shirt - I want to see that more often in a Man United red shirt.”

Moments of skill

“I want to see those moments of skill he produces. The guy is six foot three but he’s got feet like a ballerina.”

Dance moves

“The dab. I want to see these things that I can’t even do. Almost knocked myself out - the dab, I want to see all this. The kids love it.”

Mad haircut

“I want to see a mad, freaky haircut he’s been producing for the last few years. I don’t know what his barbers doing but he goes out there and the kids want to see colour and different patterns and he produces them.”

Well, it seems as though Ferdinand is very excited about the return of Pogba and, after hearing from Ferdinand, we’re sure United fans feel exactly the same way.

Mourinho on Pogba

While it’s unlikely that Pogba will play 90 minutes against the Saints due to his lack of match fitness, it’s highly likely he will play some part. Mourinho admitted that everyone will see the most expensive player in action but didn’t reveal whether he would start or not.

"Paul has been training for more than a week, around 10, 11 days, adaptation is really easy because he is a boy from here, he knows the club, he knows everybody. There's no need for time to adapt,” he said.

"He needs time to build his condition and his understanding in the way the team tries to play. Yes, he's ready to play. Ninety minutes? I don't believe. 

"Super performance? I don't believe. But in condition to accelerate his process of integration in the team, that's for sure."

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