Replacing Paul Pogba was always going to be an arduous task for Manchester United.

He is the complete midfielder, a leader, and also brings millions to the club in commercial deals. That’s why the club are so unwilling to let him leave for anything less than the £89 million we paid for him.

But we shouldn’t kid ourselves. Pogba wants to leave. We knew it last summer, and it’s even clearer now than ever before.

That’s why the failure to sign any midfielders last summer was so bemusing, especially with Ander Herrera leaving too.

No one player is capable of replacing Pogba on his own in terms of what he brings, he’s the complete package to the club.

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Fernandes deal has changed the landscape

The January move for Bruno Fernandes has changed everything at Manchester United.

Suddenly the task of replacing Paul Pogba does not seem so tough.

Fernandes is not Pogba’s replacement, we shouldn’t bill him as such, it only adds to the pressure. But he is part of the solution. A big part.

For so long the prospect of Pogba leaving was something to be scared about because he seemed irreplaceable.

Fernandes gives United many of the same qualities. He’s a good passer, quick in possession, is forward thinking and has great vision. and unlike Pogba, he looks happy to be here.

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The next step

The second part of the solution can be bought this summer. Jack Grealish appears to be the club’s top midfield target, The Mirror report.

Between Grealish and Fernandes, United can say that the Pogba role is filled.

Swap in another creative and strong passing midfield player in Grealish’s place and you have the same result.

For Grealish on his own, replacing Paul Pogba would be a burden which would be too high. But with Fernandes there too, it’s a task he would relish.

United have no reason to fear Pogba’s exit any more. His sale would provide the funds for a new midfielder and a striker, and the team may be better off.

We have seen this season what a year without Pogba looks like. No longer is his exit a dilemma. It’s an opportunity to get better.

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