Manchester United v Southampton: Five Crucial QuestionsPublished August 19, 2016
Jose Mourinho will make his Old Trafford debut on Friday, as Man United host Southampton in the Premier League.
We at Free Bets, ask five crucial questions ahead of tonight’s encounter.
Will Pogba start?
All eyes will be glued on the Manchester United teamsheet, to see if world record signing Paul Pogba will make his Man United debut.
Mourinho has confirmed that Pogba is ready, despite not being at 100%. Will the ‘Special One’ be able to resist the temptation in playing his new signing from the off?
Will Mourinho’s amazing home record continue?
The Portuguese coach has enjoyed a stunning home record throughout his career.
Mourinho has coached 257 home league games where he won 206 times and only lost lost nine.
As Man United prepare to kick-off their Old Trafford Premier League campaign, United fans and Mourinho will be hoping for more of the same.
Has Juan Mata won Jose over?
Despite suggestions that Juan Mata could be shown the exit door once more by Mourinho, the Spaniard has forced his way into his manager’s plans, and played a vital part in United’s victory over Bournemouth.
Judging by Mourinho’s recent comments, it seems like Mata has finally won the ‘Special One’ over.
How have Southampton developed under Claude Puel?
There were certainly signs in Southampton’s 1-1 draw to Watford, that the Saints are moving in a new direction under their newly appointed boss.
Claude Puel will look for his side to play with more fluidity against Manchester United as he starts to mold a team in his image.
Who will come out victorious?
Whilst the Saints will enjoy a successful campaign under their astute manager, it’s Man United who are predicted to do big things this season.
Jose will relish his Old Trafford debut, and his players won’t let him down. 2-0.