Bruno Fernandes has spoken of his excitement at playing alongside Paul Pogba as the Manchester United midfielder nears his return from injury.
Pogba has endured a frustrating campaign thus far and has made just eight appearances in all competitions due to an ankle issue, though the France international was closing in on a first-team return prior to the suspension of football amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Fernandes has starred in Pogba’s absence since his mid-season arrival at Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon, the Portuguese international having instantly established himself as a key figure in the club’s midfield, scoring three goals and providing a further four assists in just nine outings.
The 25-year-old admits he is relishing the prospect of playing alongside Pogba upon his return to the side, with Fernandes full of praise for the World Cup winner, suggesting he is often harshly criticised due to the high ‘expectations’ placed upon him.
“A lot. A lot. I think we have a lot of good players in the midfield,” Fernandes told ManUtd.com.
“Obviously Paul is injured from a long time [ago], and all we know is he has a lot of qualities.
“We can say in football that people normally forget what you do good when you have a mistake. You can do good for 34 games, and one game you do bad and everyone will remember that.
“Paul is coming from a bad moment, because of the situation. When he played also, the club and the team was not good, because the expectations are high for Paul, because Paul is a top player and Manchester United pay a lot for him, and expectations are a lot for him.
“It’s normal when you are in that situation you don’t play like a superstar, because everyone expects from Paul like they expect from [Cristiano] Ronaldo at Juventus or [Lionel] Messi at Barcelona. Everyone expects this from Paul in Manchester, because they know he has the qualities for this. Also this is confidence in Paul. The team, we have a lot of confidence in Paul.”