Bruno Fernandes has had a brilliant start to his Manchester United career, scoring three goals and making two assists in his first six appearances.
His form has seemingly made people forget all about Paul Pogba and paved the way for the Frenchman’s exit.
After all Pogba has only made eight appearances this season due to persistent injury problems, and hasn’t represented the Red Devils since Boxing Day.
The midfielder has also been linked with a move away since last summer, with many expecting the 26-year-old to sign for either Juventus or Real Madrid.
However, if United want to show ambition and compete at the top level again, they shouldn’t see Fernandes as a replacement for Pogba.
United’s creativity issues
Since returning to Old Trafford in 2016, Pogba has shouldered most of the attacking burden as United’s main creative outlet.
The French international has displayed excellent vision and innovation to create chances out of nothing on a regular basis at Old Trafford.
He is among the best midfielders in Europe on his day and an exceptional spell under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season reminded everyone of his talents.
But when Pogba has failed to perform, United have often struggled as a result so there’s a lot of pressure on his shoulders.
During United’s 2-0 defeat to PSG in 2019, the French side recognised that Pogba was our main threat so Marquinhos was deployed to man mark him throughout the game.
With Pogba neutralised, Solskjaer’s side appeared short of ideas in the final third and lacked a creative spark.
If the World Cup winner leaves in the summer and isn’t adequately replaced, United will be just as reliant on Fernandes next season.
Playing Fernandes and Pogba together
United should then look to play the pair together and build the team around them.
Over in the blue half of Manchester, Pep Guardiola regularly plays Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva in a midfield three.
If United use that model it will ensures that even if one of Pogba or Fernandes is man marked, the other midfielder will still have the freedom to thrive.
Fernandes’ all-action style coupled with his eye for goal would perfectly compliment Pogba’s dynamism and flair.
Pogba has also been hungry to play alongside better players at United and his best performances for Juventus and France have come when he’s not been the main man.
Therefore, the Portuguese international can help bring the best out of Pogba by carrying some of the creative burden.
Fernandes’ arrival looks to have already put United on the right track but there’s no reason why they can’t accommodate two fantastic midfielders in the same team.
They are yet to play together but a potential midfield partnership of Pogba and Fernandes could act as a catalyst for United and take them to the next level.
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