All eyes will be on Paul Pogba because the most highly-priced player on the planet features for Manchester United on Friday.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes Paul Pogba would be the world’s greatest midfielder, but doesn’t anticipate the France international to make fireworks every week.
Though Pogba became the world’s most expensive transfer with his move from Juventus to United, he’s not anticipated to score as several targets because the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Nevertheless, ahead of his United debut against Southampton on Friday, Mourinho insists he purchased Pogba for greater than just targets.
“Can Paul score Ronaldo and Messi’s goals?” Mourinho said. “Not even 25 per cent, I think. I believe he can not score 20 objectives within a season.
“So if to be the best player on the planet suggests to score lots of ambitions, that’s not the point. But he’s among the list of very best midfield players, maybe I could say the most beneficial midfield player, in the world.
“I’m not worried with an ‘impact’ and I don’t assume he’s worried with that. I see him incredibly calm, I see him extremely comfortable within this part of a star player and feeling extremely well under that skin.
“I never see him beneath stress, I do not see him in coaching looking to do factors to show that he’s various, to show that he’s improved.
“I consider his impact will likely be one thing incredibly all-natural, a progressive impact of contribution to improve the group, simply because that is what he’s here for – to win trophies.
“I’m not expecting, the first time he touches the ball, to dribble past five guys and score a wonder purpose. I anticipate the first time he touches the ball to produce a correct pass, a good collection of passing, a great decision, a good simple execution in addition to a fluid game.
Mourinho added: “So, maybe it is not an influence, perhaps just a natural improvement of the team, because he’s a super football player.
“When you speak concerning the ideal players on the planet, you go straight away for the ones that score a whole lot of ambitions.
“You don’t give a golden ball [Ballon d’Or] to a goalkeeper. You gave it to [defender Fabio] Cannavaro after, since in that season he was the captain of Italy, the planet champions.
“[Paolo] Maldini never ever got a gold ball. [Javier] Zanetti in no way got a gold ball. Leading goalkeepers, more than history, did not get a gold ball. You appear promptly for the ones that score quite a bit of ambitions.”