Rio Ferdinand believes that Bruno Fernandes Paul ‘revived’ Pogba after the promising start of the Manchester United duo for their midfield partnership
- Manchester United plans to secure a top four finish in the Premier League
- New signing Bruno Fernandes has played a crucial role in the strong form of the club
- Fernandes has been combined very effectively with fellow midfielder Paul Pogba
- Ex-United defender Rio Ferdinand praised them for an unbeaten run of 17 games
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes that Bruno Fernandes has brought out the best in Paul Pogba.
French midfielder Pogba struggled for form and fitness this season, but has been present again since the Premier League restart last month.
Ferdinand believes that Fernandes, who arrived from Sporting Lisbon in a £ 68 million deal at the end of January, has given Pogba additional motivation.
Paul Pogba (right) scored his first of the season when Manchester United won 3-0 at Aston Villa
United has been in a sparkling form since Pogba and Fernandes first started playing together
“He would have licked his lips in the training area while listening to the boys,” the ex-English star told Radio 5 Live.
What is happening is that the boys are coming from the training field and they are talking about ‘the new signing, he is incredible, he is this, he is that’.
“Paul will be sitting there thinking,” I want to see this, I want to see if this is the truth, if he’s really that good and I believe I can play with him. ”
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is excited about seeing the pair together
“Paul has come in and has been revived, not feeling that all responsibility in terms of the creative aspect is about him and has to go through him – I think that was a big burden on him.”
Pogba and Fernandes first started together in the 3-0 win against Sheffield United at Old Trafford last month in the first of five consecutive wins that have taken the club to fourth place.
“The team was not fixed and set up to make it flourish,” Ferdinand explained. “Now it’s very bad and he’s starting to show why there’s always so much commotion around Paul Pogba because he’s a fantastically talented kid.”
Southampton are the new opponents of United in the competition at Old Trafford on Monday