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Paul Pogba enjoys comfortable Old Trafford return

Published 19/08/2016

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game from the penalty spot during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game from the penalty spot during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on August 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, centre, netted a brace as Manchester United remained on maximum points at the top of the Premier League
Manchester United's Paul Pogba (right) had a comfortable return to Old Trafford
Manchester United's Luke Shaw goes down during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United waves prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on August 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game from the penalty spot alongside teammate Paul Pogba during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game from the penalty spot during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game from the penalty spot during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on August 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores his side's second goal of the game from the penalty spot during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Pic: Nick Potts/PA Wire.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Paul Pogba of Manchester United warms up prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on August 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Paul Pogba of Manchester United warms up prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on August 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic attempts a bicycle kick on goal during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre) takes on Southampton's Virgil van Dijk (left) and Steven Davis during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney takes on Southampton's Jordy Clasie (right) and Jose Fonte (left) during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Paul Pogba of Manchester United warms up prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on August 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic attempts a bicycle kick on goal during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Paul Pogba of Manchester United warms up prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on August 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Southampton's Jose Fonte battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Pic: Nick Potts/PA Wire.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic attempts a bicycle kick on goal during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba walks out before kick-off during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United fan wears the number 6 shirt to be worn by Paul Pogba prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on August 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: A Manchester United fan wears the number 6 shirt to be worn by Paul Pogba prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on August 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Manchester United fans wear the number 9 shirt to be worn by Zlatan Ibrahimovic prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on August 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Manchester United fans welcome manager Jose Mourinho and player Paul Pogba before the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Manchester United fans grab a bite to eat prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on August 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Manchester United scarves for sale before the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A Manchester United fan celebrates Paul Pogba before the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: A Manchester United fan wears a Jose Mourinho face mask prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on August 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: A Manchester United fan wears the number 9 shirt to be worn by Zlatan Ibrahimovic prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on August 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Manchester United scarves for sale before the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United scarves for sale before the Premier League match at Old Trafford
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Manchester United fans wear the number 9 shirt to be worn by Zlatan Ibrahimovic prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on August 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Manchester United's Paul Pogba warms-up before the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba warms up before the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Pic: Nick Potts/PA Wire.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba warms-up before the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A view of empty seats prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on August 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic warms-up before the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba warms-up before the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic warm-up before the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba warms-up before the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea warms-up before the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United coach Silvino Louro (centre) speaks with goalkeeper David De Gea before the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba warms-up alongside teammate Wayne Rooney before the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United fans read the matchday programme before the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PA
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (left) Chris Smalling (centre) and Daley Blind warm-up before the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

The world's most expensive footballer, £89million man Paul Pogba, made his second Manchester United debut against Southampton on Friday.

Here Press Association Sports tracks his performance.

RECEPTION

When you spend as much money as United have on Pogba, it makes sense to make a song and dance over his arrival. He was front and centre here, glaring broodily out from the cover of the programme and dominating the club's social media feeds.

The fans responded to this by offering him the biggest roar of all when the names were called out, and raising their volume whenever he came near the ball.

Having left the club in some acrimony four years ago, it is fair to say all is forgiven.

POSITIONING

The Frenchman started in a deep-lying position, often dropping behind Marouane Fellaini to pick up the ball from defence and start attacks.

But he was a bundle of energy, charging forward to support the forwards and charging out wide to double up with Luke Shaw when Saints attacked.

Pogba's ability to cover ground allows him to function in a number of roles at once and he was never far away from the action.

END PRODUCT

The 23-year-old had a glorious chance to mark his return with a goal as he rose to meet a corner in the 63rd minute. He was scarcely challenged as he met the ball and was well placed to pick his spot either side of Fraser Forster, but header over instead.

He drew one save from the edge of the box in the first half and stroked two decent chances wide in the second half.

Most of his passing was crisp and accurate but the couple of crosses he attempted were easily cleared.

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