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Jose Mourinho set to hand surprise start to Paul Pogba for Manchester United vs Leicester

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The Frenchman could be thrust into action immediately on Friday night (Picture: Getty)

Paul Pogba is set to start Manchester Uniteds opening Premier League match against Leicester City on Friday night, according to reports from the ground.

The Red Devils kick off the new season at Old Trafford on Friday night, and there had been fears that Jose Mourinho would have to name an experimental side with many of his squad returning late from the World Cup and with a number of injuries to contend with.

Mourinho even called on players to cut their holidays short, but Pogba – unlike Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and others – declined to do so.

France's Paul Pogba celebrates with the trophy after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Pogba claimed World Cup glory with France less than a month ago (Picture: AP)

But the Manchester Evening News report that Pogba is set to start Uniteds clash with Leicester having impressed Mourinho massively in the build up to the game.

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The Frenchman only took part in his first training session on Monday, but is in exceptional physical condition and could line up alongside Fred and Andreas Pereira in an attack-minded midfield three.

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Speaking about Pogba before the game, Mourinho explained: He arrived on Monday, happy, proud, with desire to work. He worked amazingly well on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hes one of the players I need to speak to to see how physically and mentally strong he feels. Its the same conversation that Im going to have with Young, Fellaini, Lingard to know how they feel to try to give us the help.

With Matic and Herrera injured, Fred, Pogba and Pereira are likely to start (Picture: Getty)

If they feel they can help us [against Leicester on Friday], if its 20 minutes, 10 minutes, half an hour. We dont have many solutions and we want to go with everything we have.

The way I see Paul is well, is very well, but we need the words with that small group to see if they can give us a hand Its an important match tomorrow. Every point is important. We have to try the best with every player.

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