Photos: Paul Pogba all smiles in Manchester United training ahead of Hull City fixture

by Tanveer Arayan

Paul Pogba was seen in good spirits at Carrington today ahead of Manchester United’s game with Hull City on Saturday.

The world’s most expensive footballer enjoyed a stunning debut against Southampton last Friday, acting as the centrepiece of an ultimately comfortable win.

Pogba will make his first start in a Premier League away game as Jose Mourinho’s side travel to Hull, who have served as the early surprise package of the season following wins over Leicester and Swansea.

The Frenchman, buoyed by his strong start, was enjoying himself during training earlier today.

Prior to the Southampton game I feared for Pogba. It wasn’t the same kind of fear I felt when Alexander Buttner went up against Arjen Robben in a Champions League quarter final, but rather a fear borne out of knowing that the footballing world’s magnifying glass would be firmly on the Frenchman.

I remember tuning in to Real Madrid’s game against Villarreal back in 2013, to see Gareth Bale – the world’s most expensive player at the time – make his debut. And I knew that neutrals across the world would be doing the same with Pogba. But if the 23-year-old was aware of this himself, he certainly didn’t show it. The midfielder simply ran the show, from start to finish. His movement, his passing, his strength and his sheer aura captivated those at the ground, entrancing even the staunchest rivals.

United fans will be keener than ever to see the Frenchman kick on this weekend against Mike Phelan’s side.

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