Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has today opened up on the prospect of lining out alongside Paul Pogba in the club’s midfield.
Following weeks of rampant speculation, attacking midfielder Fernandes made the move to Old Trafford earlier this year.
After Manchester United struck a deal worth a fee which could reach €80 million, the Sporting CP man finally clinched a long-overdue transfer to one of Europe’s heavyweights on transfer deadline day in January.
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While there was understandable excitement surrounding his arrival, though, few could have predicted just how immediate Fernandes’ impact on the fortunes of the Red Devils would prove.
The Portuguese international has gone on to play a starring role for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men over the last couple of months, having added a new dimension of guile and creativity to the club’s midfield.
All told, across 9 appearances in United’s colours, Fernandes has directly contributed to 7 goals.
These exploits even saw the 25-year-old named as the Premier League’s Player of the Month for February, following his first month in England:
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 16, 2020
‘He has a lot of qualities’
Fernandes’ explosive start to life at United was of course halted by the recent COVID-19 outbreak, with Manchester United having not taken to the pitch since the 12th of March.
The former Sampdoria man, though, has today taken time out of his spell away from the game to provide an insight into a topic which will no doubt pique the interest of the Red Devils’ faithful, namely the prospect of lining out alongside Paul Pogba in the club’s midfield.
French international Pogba has endured a nightmare campaign to date, having been confined to the sidelines by a series of fitness problems.
Before the coronavirus pandemic brought football to a standstill, though, the 27-year-old appeared to be on the verge of a comeback.
And Fernandes is certainly hopeful of his gifted teammate returning to action sooner rather than later, with United’s January addition having confirmed that he is relishing the prospect of taking to the pitch alongside Pogba:
”A lot, alot”, Fernandes replied when asked how excited he is to play with Pogba during an interview with Manchester United’s official website.
I think we have a lot of good players in the midfield.
Obviously Paul is injured from a long time [ago], and all we know is he has a lot of qualities.
Fernandes previously faced off against Pogba during the pair’s time spent plying their respective trades in Serie A, with the 25-year-old as a result well aware of how difficult his new teammate can be to play against, when firing on all cylinders:
I know Paul from Juve, because I played against him in Italy. And believe me, it’s really hard to play against Paul.
Because I play in midfield, I mark him. We play in the same line, so it’s really difficult to play against Paul, because he has power, he has technique.
It’s difficult to find a player like Paul: big, strong and technical. It’s difficult to find a player like this, and he has a lot of qualities. I hope he comes [back] soon.
More than expectations, I’m confident what Paul can give to us, to the team. I think he has a lot to give, he has a lot of quality, and I think with the positive energy in the club – because we won a lot of games and we are in a good moment – everyone, the supporters and everything, will be more patient with Paul maybe.
I feel sometimes when the things go wrong, the patience is less, you know? It’s normal, because the fans want to win. Football is about winning; it’s not about playing.
But the confidence now in the team is bigger. So I think Paul, when he comes back, he will feel this and will give more for the next months and the next games.