Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has heaped praised on teammate Paul Pogba and reckons they can have a great future together, as the debate continues as to how to get the best out of the two men in United’s midfield.
Portugal international Fernandes has been a revelation since his arrival at Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in January and has already recorded four goals and four assists so far this season in all competitions. The 26-year-old is already perhaps United’s most important player and the man to build a team around after such superb form in his brief spell in English football.
Ever since his arrival at United, there has been much talk regarding the exciting prospect of Fernandes and teammate Paul Pogba lining up together, yet so far it’s been something of a struggle to find the best solution to accommodate both men.
With Fred and Scott McTominay Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s now go-to men in midfield after the 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham, it has often left just one more space remaining for Pogba and Fernandes to fight for. That being said, the recent deployment of a midfield diamond is a potential way to fit both players into the starting XI without compromising on the defensive stability that has been shown in recent weeks.
Whatever Solskjaer decides to do with his midfield, Fernandes appears excited to be playing alongside the World Cup winner and hopes they can be successful together at United.
“We have a good relationship, of course,” Fernandes told Sky Sports. “We both speak Italian so most of the time we speak Italian. I have a good relationship with him on and off the pitch.
“He’s a funny guy, he always wants to joke. I know him from Italy already but now I have the chance to be in a team with a World Cup winner.
“It’s always a pleasure being in a team with him because I can learn a lot from him, and he can learn a lot from me. Together we can do great things.”
At present it would seem that Pogba is the man being sacrificed to allow McTominay and Fred to be deployed in midfield, yet Fernandes believes the Frenchman is making a big impact whenever he takes the turf, although he no doubt wants to start as any player would.
“Paul wants to play, he wants to be in the first XI, that is no different to any player – they all want to be in the first XI,” Fernandes continued.
“Of course Paul is an amazing player who has done a lot of great things in the past few years. The way he came in against Paris Saint-Germain, against Newcastle, was perfect for the team.
“A lot of people may think Paul is angry on the bench and that he will do nothing when he comes on because he is angry, but he comes in with the right motivation, as we saw with his assist in Paris.
“He was there, he was fighting, holding the ball in the corner for us, he did a really good job. Maybe some people think he was angry because he wanted to play and that he wants to leave the club. Everyone knows the qualities Paul has, he is doing very well.
“Being on the bench is a problem for everyone, but this problem is motivation for Paul. He uses this as motivation and he is helping the team a lot when he comes in and plays, like he did in the last game in the Champions League.”