José Mourinho has heaped praise on Southampton, describing Saints as “a very good club to be manager of”.
Mourinho’s Manchester United side will arrive at St Mary’s tomorrow joint-top of the Premier League, having started the season with four wins and a draw from five matches.
United now face a sequence of six games out of seven on the road, and the Portuguese expects a stern test for his players on the South Coast.
“Southampton is the kind of club that are very stable in the way they play and in the way they see football, with the qualities of their players,” he said.
“I think it's a good team to be a manager of. Honestly, I think it's a very good club to be manager of. And I see the match tomorrow as a very difficult match.”
Mourinho insists he is not “counting the days” to Paul Pogba’s return from a hamstring injury.
The Frenchman missed last weekend’s 4-0 win over Everton having joined Marcos Rojo on the treatment table at Old Trafford, and the pair definitely won’t be fit to face Southampton.
Former Saint Luke Shaw is available again after making his first appearance of the season as a half-time substitute against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
“I have no idea [when he will be back],” said Mourinho of Pogba. “No idea. But, again, it’s a great opportunity for other players to play and I trust them all.
“So I’m not going to cry or be counting the days until Pogba comes back, not at all. When he comes back, welcome, but until then, I trust my people.”