Matt Le Tissier doubts Paul Pogba's scoring credentials

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Paul Pogba will have the eyes of the world watching his every move as he makes his second Manchester United debut against Southampton on Friday night.

And not just his first game, Pogba's progress will be followed closely throughout the course of his first season back in the Premier League.

The £89 million-rated man will be expected to contribute immediately to proceedings at the club he left four years ago, starting with the Saints clash at Old Trafford.

However Southampton legend, Matt Le Tissier has doubted Pogba's ability to make an instant impact, particularly on the scoring charts.

In the past, the world's most expensive players have been either wingers or strikers and often their value is usually measured by the number of goals and assists they provide.

In Pogba's case, it will be much harder to determine how much of a success he will prove in Manchester given his deeper position and influence at both ends of the pitch.

But Le Tissier doesn't think his old side will have too much to be afraid of when they line up against Pogba.

"I don't think Pogba's name on the team sheet will strike fear into the Southampton players and I wouldn't expect him to be at the races straight away," he told Sky Sports.

"After a long Euros and then the protracted transfer saga, which means he was unable to get a full pre-season under his belt, I think it will be a case of him improving as the season goes on."

The former England international has also predicted how many times Man United's record signing will find the back of the net.

"I wouldn't expect him to come in and score double figures in his first season in the Premier League. He didn't manage that in a very good Juventus team so I can't see it happening in a much tougher league.

"It will be interesting to see how he settles in as Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have obviously made good impressions and they've definitely improved."

The French midfielder scored ten goals in each of his last two seasons at Juventus but his previous tallies were just nine and five in Italy.

Pogba has repeatedly gone on record to say he will not be affected by the enormous fee he has commanded but only time will tell if he will prove Le Tissier wrong.

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