Paul Pogba surprised Jurgen Klopp on Manchester United debut

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It's fair to say that Jose Mourinho's decision to hand Paul Pogba a starting place against Southampton a couple of weeks ago took many by surprise.

The France international, who had played a prominent role for his country at Euro 2016, had only been at Manchester United for a matter of days before the fixture against Saints but was handed his second debut for the club. 

Indeed, Mourinho felt that Pogba, despite a lack of pre-season training, was ready to once again cope with the demands of English football. 


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Mourinho's choice to start Pogba paid off as the Red Devils secured a comfortable 2-0 victory thanks to two goals from enigmatic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 

One man that was most definitely left impressed by Pogba's performance against Southampton was Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. 

Pogba surprise 

Indeed, the revered German coach, who has led his side to four points from their opening three Premier League fixtures, has admitted that he was surprised Pogba played the full 90 minutes after just two training sessions in Manchester. 

Klopp told the Daily Mail: "We all saw Paul Pogba. He was here, he was there, selfie, selfie, 9,000 of them, all summer. And then he comes to Manchester United has, what, two training sessions, and plays 90 minutes against Southampton. You think, how?

"They’re different. Diego Maradona was different. He never really trained. He would warm up with his shoes undone. I saw him playing in Stuttgart with Napoli when I was 21. Watching him warm up, I could not close my mouth. It was so low intensity. He was walking. And then he went and outplayed the whole stadium. Unbelievable."

After just two games for United, Pogba has since returned to his national side. In fact, he played a prominent role during their 3-1 victory over Italy on Thursday. The player's immediate attention will turn to Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Belarus.

United fans, meanwhile, will just be hoping that their latest signing returns to the club fit and firing. With the Manchester derby on the horizon, Mourinho's side will have a great opportunity to stamp their mark on this season's title race. 

What have you made of Pogba's opening couple of games back at United? Have your say below! 

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