Bruno Fernandes’ potential move to Manchester United remains in the works, with The Guardian reporting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s desire to sign the player.
Fernandes is precisely what United need. A top class playmaker and midfield goalscorer.
He fits United’s attacking midfield role like a glove, and should move pretenders Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Juan Mata aside.
But quite where Paul Pogba fits in is unclear. Indeed when everybody is fit, United with have four top class midfielders and only three spots available.
Pogba is the uncertainty
It is with some irritation that United have not been able to select our potentially three best midfielders in the same line up this season.
Injuries have meant a trio of Fred, Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba have not played in the same team.
This has denied us the chance to see Pogba shine in a number 10 role, which could be his best position.
Fernandes will not be brought into sit on the bench, which means Pogba will be competing with Fred and Scott McTominay for a spot.
The pair were outstanding alongside each other before the Scot suffered an injury at the end of December.
Lack of depth
McTominay and Pogba are currently out injured, highlighting United’s lack of depth at the position.
It has shown how badly United need Fernandes, and so if the deal gets done, the injuries will have ultimately been to United’s benefit.
Pogba and McTominay’s precise comeback dates are unclear, but they are not expected back until February at the earliest.
When they are both fit, and if Fernandes is there too, United will have a tricky job slimming four of Fernandes, Fred, Pogba and McTominay into three.
It will be a brilliant dilemma to have, and this is exactly the kind of healthy, quality, competition United have lacked and badly need.
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