Paul Pogba has declared himself fit enough to make his second full debut for Manchester United against Southampton on Friday night.
Pogba re-joined United in a record breaking £89 million move last week, after a protracted transfer saga which had taken up much of United’s summer transfer speculation.
Despite officially joining before United’s season-opening game against Bournemouth, the transfer of a ban acquired whilst still playing at Juventus meant that Pogba was forced to miss their opener whilst he sat out his suspension.
After serving his one game ban however, Pogba has now claimed that he is raring to go ahead of United’s clash with Southampton.
“You will have to ask the manager, but I feel very good and have been training for 10 days” Pogba told the Manchester Evening News.
“I am okay. I am quite used to this. I played the World Cup two years ago when at Juve and three years ago I was at the U20 World Cup as well, so I am okay. It is your body and I have been training on my holidays.”
Pogba missed most of United’s pre-season training after being given an extended break by former club Juventus, as a result of his exertions at Euro 2016 with host nation France.
Despite this however, Pogba insists that he maintained a strict training regime whilst on holiday, regularly posting both training and fitness updates on his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Speaking on United’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League – or maybe even winning the title in his debut season back in English football – Pogba seemed in a very positive mood.
“My ambition is always to be the No 1, and to be the best. So the objective is to win the league. We want to go back to the Champions League because that is where we belong”.
Despite also being the subject of some very weight expectations due to his record-breaking transfer fee, Pogba was also quick to dismiss any suggestions that the figure would loom over him.
“I am just happy to play football, I don’t even think about it.”
Pogba now looks set to make his second full-debut for the club who released him in July of 2012 against Southampton on Friday, in the Premier League’s inaugural Friday Night Football fixture.