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Scholes: Pogba not guaranteed immediate return to Manchester United XI

There’s been a lot of talk about a potentially exciting link-up in the Manchester United midfield between Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, but Paul Scholes reckons the returning World Cup winner has ‘work on his hands’ to get back into the team.

Prior to football’s shutdown, Manchester United had put together an impressive 11 game unbeaten run, a run which pretty much coincided with the January arrival of Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon, the Portuguese having provided the creative spark that had so often been sorely lacking.

The three-month break in football has allowed time for Paul Pogba to complete his recovery from a troublesome foot injury that has restricted him to just eight appearances this season, with talk now turning to how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will best utilise his two star midfielders in the same side.

However, with Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic all having put in hugely improved performances this season, United legend Scholes reckons Pogba won’t be a shoo-in for an immediate return to the team.

“Paul has got a little bit of work to do to get into the team,” Scholes said on a MUTV ‘group chat’.

“Before the outbreak happened and the stop happened, you have to say that the players that were playing – Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Fred – they were really doing well in midfield.

“It’s not going to be straightforward for Paul. He’s got some work on his hands just to get back into the team.

“But we all know what Paul is capable of. He’s a top player when he’s on form.

“The better players you play with – surely that can only be to the benefit of the team.”

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