What must happen for successful Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes partnership at Manchester United
Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has said that Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba can form an effective partnership in the Reds’ midfield, as long as both players are willing to sacrifice themselves for their teammate.
Pogba is now back to full fitness after struggling with injuries for the majority of the season, and excitement is building over a potential link-up between the Frenchman and January arrival Bruno Fernandes.
“Without doubt, of course. Great players can come together,” Fletcher told MUTV when asked if the two players could play together.
“Listen: somebody might have to sacrifice a little bit of something – that’s part of being in a team, it’s not an individual sport. When you play with a certain midfield, whether it’s a midfield three, you adapt your game to complement each other.”
The former United man referenced his time at the club as an example.
“That’s what I had to do at United. I was in the team with lots of different midfielders, lots of combinations and, if a certain midfielder was playing, I would try to take up positions to allow him to benefit and he would do things to allow me to benefit,” he added.
“It’s all about being compatible and recognising the strengths of your fellow team-mates and how to get your best performance, but, ultimately, you might be sacrificing what you do best to allow someone else to excel, which helps the team win.”
Fernandes made an instant impact at Old Trafford since arriving from Sporting CP in January. The Portugal international scored two goals and provided three assists in his first five league games for the club.