Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United will not radically change their formation to accommodate Paul Pogba.
After serving a one-match ban carried over from last season in United's opening game of the Premier League season against Bournemouth, the £89m signing is set to make his second debut for United at home to Southampton on Friday (19 August).
How United will line-up with the France international remains to be seen. Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Morgan Schneiderlin, Marouane Fellaini and Bastian Schweinsteiger are among United other options in midfield, with Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville suggesting Wayne Rooney could drop back into a deeper role to partner the club's record signing.
While Mourinho left no clues as to how his midfield will look on Friday, he insists there will be no wholesale changes to the way his side operates.
"Sometimes even without you noticing we change details, so if you are expecting us to change dramatically the system to fit then player, we are not going to do that," he told a press conference on Thursday. "We are not going to play five at the back because at Juventus he was playing with five at the back and he played there for many years in that system."
Mourinho told reporters that Pogba is unlikely to feature for 90 minutes against Southampton having had no pre-season with either Juventus or United. The Frenchman however spoke confidently of his own fitness on Thursday.
"You have to ask the manager, but I feel very good and have been training for 10 days," he told Sky Sports. "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 about your body and I have been training on my holidays."
United cruised to a 3-1 in their opening game of the season against Bournemouth, with Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all getting on the scoresheet.