Bruno Fernandes offered us a glimpse of what Manchester United can expect for the rest of the season at the weekend. Now imagine him with Paul Pogba in midfield alongside him.
That dream combination is soon to become a reality, with the Frenchman gearing up for a return from injury. PremierInjuries.com have him projected for a comeback against Chelsea in United’s next Premier League game.
Obviously given his stop-start season, we will believe that fully when we see it, but Pogba can’t be far off.
He has to push himself to come back. Regardless of his perceived wavering commitment to United, his country need him in good form and match sharp for Euro 2020 this summer.
Soon behind Pogba will be Scott McTominay, and suddenly United have serious options in the middle.
United’s midfield has been viewed as a weak spot ever since Ander Herrera left last summer, but it goes back a little further, to last February, when the trio of Matic, Herrera, and Pogba was broken up by injury.
Heading into the weekend game United only had one reliable central midfielder, Fred, due to Matic’s suspension.
Fernandes proved himself adept by dropping back into the role to partner Fred, but it meant the attacking edge from his game was sacrificed. This won’t be necessary against Chelsea.
United will soon be able to choose from five top quality midfield players, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Fred, Nemanja Matic and Bruno Fernandes.
We have waited so long for this. Pogba, Fred and McTominay have not even started a game together all season. Now throw Fernandes and a reborn Matic into the mix and United’s options look stronger than they have done in a very long time.
Will he stay at United?
Paul Pogba’s ultimate goal is to win games and win trophies. If between now and May, the team can get in sync, and the midfield clicks, then there might be a chance he decides to wants to stay.
Not many teams can afford him any way, and if Pogba is convinced by a revitalised United, with Fernandes the new leader alongside him, he might see a future here after all.
Especially if new signings are brought in this summer, a top winger, a top striker, and an extra midfielder, possibly a long term Matic replacement.
Solskjaer at the moment insists there is no intention to allow Pogba to leave; he told ESPN last week about Pogba and Fernandes: “We want to try to build towards a team that will challenge for the title and trophies so we want to keep our best players. We can play them together.”
It will be easier to build a fuller picture about what Pogba wants to do by May, but if he lifts silverware with United this season, FA Cup or Europa League, and the team get back in the Champions League, then there is extra reason for him to stick around.
Until then, we should enjoy the ride. Fred has stepped up in his absence, as did McTominay and Matic. Now with Fernandes here too, there are some seriously good combinations United can play if everybody is fit.
A weak point could quickly become United’s strongest asset, and play a key role in turning our season around.
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